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12 Best Things We Saw at MerleFest 2016

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

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show were one of the highlights of this year's MerleFest.

Willa Stein

Politics looked to fill every quiet moment at this weekend's Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  With heavy names such as Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam pulling out of concerts in nearby cities over the state's HB2 legislation, fans whispered about who might skip the nation's largest roots and Americana festival. But everybody from John Prine to Jason Isbell checked in on time. As for the quiet moments, they don't do lulls at Merlefest. Over four days, nonstop music poured from eight stages, including 12 performances that we loved more than politics.

In This Article: Jason Isbell, John Prine

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