12 Best Things We Saw at MerleFest 2016

From Jason Isbell's triumphant headlining set to Old Crow Medicine Show's super-charged strings

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Best Poet Laureate: John Prine
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Best Poet Laureate: John Prine

John Prine closed opening night with Merle Haggard on his mind, sailing through a joyous boom-chicka-boom take on the late country music legend's "Ramblin' Fever" from 1977.  Dressed like an Irish coach driver in black suit and tie, he scattered the nighttime moths with the anthemic "Glory of True Love" and silenced even the ice-cream vendors as he warbled the plaintive "Hello in There." Ten acres of festival grounds became a listening room dedicated to our nation's true poet laureate.

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