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 Rock & Roller: Sam Bush
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Best Rock & Roller: Sam Bush

The sky had darkened when the lanky Sam Bush jogged onto the main stage on Saturday evening.  Hustling over from the Waybacks tribute to the Eagles, where Bush's mandolin had channeled Joe Walsh, the lanky charmer still buzzed rock & roll, brandishing "Great Balls of Fire" from his New Grass Revival days and a rock-symphony cover of "When You Gonna Wake Up" from Bob Dylan's gospel era.  As rain pelted his fans, he ended with a jam session featuring Tim O'Brien and the Kruger Brothers.    

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