The 2013 MerleFest in Wilkesboro, N.C., took place on April 25-28 and featured a lineup that brought out the stars of Americana and roots music.
Performers included the Avett Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leon Russell, The Charlie Daniels Band, Gov’t Mule, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Patrick Sweany, who is featured in the image above.
Guild guitars were also on site at Wilkes Community College, where the Guild Airstream provided a spot for attendees to try out some acoustic models.
View the full gallery of Guild at MerleFest here and click here for more information about the event.
Ryan Bingham recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he gave another solid national television performance with his Guild 12-string. Watch this clip of “Western Shores” off Tomorrowland below.
Guild is saddened to learn of the April 22 passing of the great Richie Havens.
Havens, 72, suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Jersey City, N.J.
From small coffee shops to mammoth music festivals, Havens distinctively soulful voice and powerfully rhythmic acoustic style mesmerized countless listeners live and on record. He is perhaps most noted for the stunning solo performance with which he opened the three-day Woodstock Festival in August 1969.
Born in New York City on Jan. 21, 1941, Havens rose from the Greenwich Village scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s to become one of the folk music world’s preeminent artists. He scored major chart success as a thoughtful interpreter of songs written by others, including Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” and the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”
Havens remained a busy and beloved performer and recording artist for the rest of his life. He enjoyed a 45-year touring and performing career and released more than 20 albums.
Guild Guitars celebrates the life and work of Richie Havens, the greatest and most enduring ambassador of its name and instruments. Throughout his life, he touched the lives of many generations of players and fans with his music, and he will be missed.
Flatpick guitarist Bob Minner, who is currently touring with country artist Tim McGraw, recently sat with Guild to chat about how he got into playing guitar and what he thinks about the new Orpheum Mahogany 12-Fret Slope Shoulder Dreadnought.
Doyle Bramhall II has been on tour with Eric Clapton’s band on a series of dates throughout the United States and Europe this year, and that road recently ran through New York for Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Bramhall actually took the stage for a solo performance on a Guild 12-string guitar, which he played upside down.
Australian rocker Orianthi is featured on At: Guitar Center’s latest episode, performing “How do you Sleep” with the help of guitarist Cyril Niccolai from the Fairchilds. Niccolai is using his Guild D-55 in Antique Burst on the cut, which appears on Orianthi’s newly released album Heaven in this Hell.