Festival Radar 2022: 1st Annual Earl Scruggs Music Festival Set For September In North Carolina

[The following is from the official press release for the Earl Scruggs Music Festival.]

Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to announce its first round of artists for its inaugural event, taking place September 2-4, 2022 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Following two back-to-back COVID-related cancellations, festival organizers look forward to launching the newly minted event alongside host outfits Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester. The long-awaited reveal features several distinguished artists covering the gamut of bluegrass, Americana, Piedmont blues, and old-time music including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush Band, Alison Brown, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Dom Flemons, and more. A full list of performers is below. 

Established in partnership with WNCW 88.7 at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC and the Earl Scruggs Center located in Shelby, NC, Earl Scruggs Music Festival will celebrate the legacy of an American music legend who pioneered a unique style of banjo picking, coined “Scruggs style.” His collaborations with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, as well as Lester Flatt and the Foggy Mountain Boys helped to christen the bluegrass genre in the late 1940s. With a standout lineup featuring the best in traditional roots music and progressive fusions, Earl Scruggs Music Festival will illuminate the profound impact that Scruggs had on American culture, while uplifting fresh and noteworthy voices in the genre. A portion of proceeds will support the festival’s beneficiaries, the Earl Scruggs Center and Isothermal Community College, who serve Earl Scruggs’ home region of the Carolina Foothills with cultural programming through multiple channels.

New for 2022, Earl Scruggs Music Festival has opted to expand its formerly two-day long event into a full weekend celebration, kicking off on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday afternoon. Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the event at its pristine outdoor property, which is known for its roster of rotating events including world class equestrian competitions, festive holiday celebrations, concerts, and more. The immaculate campus will serve as a quintessential backdrop for the festival, which promises on-site lodging, dining, and comfortable amenities throughout the event weekend. 

Earl Scruggs Music Festival debuts September 2-4, 2022 in Mill Spring, NC. Advance price tickets are currently on sale, with a variety of General Admission and VIP packages available. VIP ticket packages include reserved seating in VIP-exclusive indoor and outdoor spaces, exclusive merchandise items, complimentary refreshments, plus artist meet-and-greet opportunities. On-site camping and cabin rentals are also available for reservation via the festival website.

For more details and to stay up-to-date on all things Earl Scruggs Music Festival, visit earlscruggsmusicfest.com/.

WHAT: Earl Scruggs Music Festival
WHEN: September 2-4, 2022
WHERE: Tryon International Equestrian Center (25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC)
TICKETS: earlscruggsmusicfest.com/buy-tickets-2/ 
FESTIVAL WEBSITE: earlscruggsmusicfest.com 

Earl Scruggs Music Festival Initial 2022 Lineup

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Hosted by Jerry Douglas, featuring:
The Earls of Leicester
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Sam Bush Band
Alison Brown
Acoustic Syndicate
Balsam Range
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Chatham County Line
The Becky Buller Band
Dom Flemons
Unspoken Tradition
+ more to be announced soon!

About Earl Scruggs Center

The Earl Scruggs Center combines the life story of legendary five-string banjo master and Cleveland County native, Earl Scruggs, with the unique and engaging story of the history and cultural traditions of the region in which Scruggs was born and raised. It was in the nearby Flint Hill community where Scruggs learned to play banjo and began the three-finger playing style that has come to be known around the world as “Scruggs Style.” The Earl Scruggs Center explores Scruggs’ innovative career and the community that gave it shape while celebrating how he crossed musical boundaries and defined the voice of the banjo to the world. Mr. Scruggs embraced tradition while also adapting to the changing times and looking toward the future – themes which resonate throughout the Center. Engaging exhibits, special event space and rich programming provide a uniquely rich experience for visitors.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is the ultimate international destination for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle. As host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, Tryon International Equestrian Center offers first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines in addition to showcasing hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, polo, and multi discipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. A haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts alike, Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment.

About WNCW 88.7, Isothermal Community College

WNCW is a listener-supported public media service of Isothermal Community College, which serves the community through advancing new musical discoveries, showcasing local and regional talent, and preserving and promoting the traditions of Appalachian and roots music in our area and beyond. The station’s eclectic mix includes Americana, Triple-A rock/acoustic, bluegrass, blues, jazz, reggae, world, and other roots music styles, in addition to weekly spotlights on jam bands, Frank Zappa, and more. Live artist interviews and performances are broadcast frequently from WNCW’s professional recording studio, “Studio B”. As the flagship bluegrass station, WNCW broadcasts contemporary, traditional, and historical bluegrass music for eight hours each Saturday. Listeners can find WNCW at 88.7 FM throughout most of its listening area, which includes Western NC, Upstate SC and Eastern Tennessee. Translators rebroadcast the signal at 101.3 in Charlotte, 97.3 in Greenville, 92.9 in Boone and 90.9 WSIF in Wilkesboro. The station also has a worldwide audience through its livestream at wncw.org

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