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 Tent Revival: Old Crow Medicine Show
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Best Tent Revival: Old Crow Medicine Show

The flames roared up when the crowd's beloved Old Crow Medicine Show took the stage. Busking on the streets in Boone, North Carolina, in 1999, they encountered festival father Doc Watson, who invited them to his big party. Like a modern-day incarnation of the Hoosier Hot Shots, the Crows buckdanced and mugged and whimsically swapped instruments throughout their feverish set. They, too, honored Haggard and then kindly remembered Willie Nelson's recent birthday. Fans born and bred in the Tarheel State cheered frontman Ketch Secor's mentions of nearby places, and joined their voices in unison for the band's enduring "Wagon Wheel."  

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