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“When Merle and I started out we called our music 'traditional plus', meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is 'traditional plus'.” — Doc Watson

“A polished sound filled with strong vocals & fantastic harmonizing, made all the better with vivid lyrics and powerful instrumentation.” — BestNewBands.com

THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS

“The Way Down Wanderers is a 5-piece modern-folk Americana freight train of strings, spoons, and soul. No matter the individual circumstances of your day, week, or month, these youthful, foot-stomping, dread-rocking, classically trained humans will lend you their joyful energy long enough for you to make it your own. ” —Kevin Alan Lamb, Sound & Silence

“The Way Down Wanderers...think the Steep Canyon Rangers on speed...turned in a staggeringly energetic set of electrifying bluegrass numbers that had a packed room moving and clapping.” — Henry Carrigan, No Depression

“Luxuriant bluegrass picking and steady percussion are met by tinges of fiddle and cello-based classical influence, making for an exquisite overall package that's quickly readying the Wanderers to take not just Illinois or the States, but the world by storm.” — PopWrapped.com

“The band creates layers of lush instrumentation that serve as a perfect soundscape for their gorgeous vocal harmonies. Their live show is full of energy and just a damn good time. They're one of those bands that you can tell has a lot of fun doing what they do.” — Midwest Action

THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT

“One of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.” — CMT Edge

“With groups like The Barefoot Movement on the scene, the future of bluegrass is in safe hands.” — The Daily Country

“The Barefoot Movement is a group that embodies all the things that I love about what is referred to as "traditional" music...They are both great players, singers AND arrangers of ORIGINAL songs..they know the importance of having and building an identity of their own. And it's these original songs and the way that they have arranged and delivered these tunes that really captures your attention and keeps you wanting more” — Adam Steffey

ANDY MAY

“(Andy May's) distinct style of writing and performing– with a mixture of warmth, sensitivity and good nature–bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary American music with purity and exuberance.” — David Sokol, WRSI

“…You can feel the salt of life in his songs…Really, few active songwriters can grab a listener with small-town stories and sharply cut images like Andy May.” — Jamsphere.com

“A blazing guitar picker and mandolinist!.” — The Springfield News

“Our enthusiasm was shared… by the 50,000 strong in the audience..” — Peace Train Foundation

MerleFest on the Road is an ensemble show with a rotating cast of past and present MerleFest artists selected to represent the festival's mission of celebrating "traditional plus music." The show tours the South in late winter every year to highlight the artists and to promote the popular Americana music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson. 2017 marks the 30th celebration of MerleFest. About 80,000 music lovers attend the festival over the course of four days each April. The MerleFest artists for the 2018 show are The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May. Further information about the festival is at www.merlefest.org.

THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, "restSTOMPS" - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band's debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold.

THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT
Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

ANDY MAY
Veteran singer/songwriter and champion guitarist Andy May has been described as "a troubadour of life" (Walnut Valley Festival). May infuses his songwriting and shows with his trademark creativity, humor, and consummate musicianship. His music embraces styles from blues to Bluegrass, classic country to contemporary folk, rock-a-billy to roots. May started performing seriously in his teens, immersed in and a part of the '60's Folk Revival in New York's Greenwich Village. Making a name from himself there as an up-and-coming old-time musician and songwriter, and later in New England as a folk-rock original, May's reputation has grown to include his extensive work as an educator. May also started and runs the Ibma Award-winning record label and production company, Swift River Music.

The next MerleFest on the Road tour will be from February 22 to March 4, 2018. Stay tuned for details and dates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live at the Old Rock House

Live at The Old Rock House

The Way Down Wanderers
released 2017

Live in L.A.

Live in L.A.

The Barefoot Movement
released 2016

The Barefoot Movement Christmas Album

The Barefoot Movement Christmas Album (EP)

The Barefoot Movement
released 2016

Room For Roots

Room for Roots

Andy May
released 2016

Retroflections

Retroflections

Andy May
released 2015

The High Road

The High Road (EP)

The Barefoot Movement
released 2014

Figures of the Year

Figures of the Year

The Barefoot Movement
released 2013

Endless Possibilities

Endless Possibilities

Andy May
released 2012

Footwork

Footwork

The Barefoot Movement
released 2012

If you are interested in booking MerleFest on the Road for a concert, please contact:

John Laird, The Americana Agency

john@americanaagency.com

919-489-4824