After a celebrated 2022 debut, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival will return to Mill Springs, NC for a bluegrass ballyhoo on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2023. The second edition of the festival honoring the bluegrass forefather and North Carolina native will bring illustrious luminaries and rising voices to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Heading the lineup is Americana icon Emmylou Harris joined by modern jamgrass staples Greensky Bluegrass and The Infamous Stringdusters. The latter progressive bluegrass disciples are doing their homework in preparation for Earl Scruggs Music Festival, with the band preparing A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs for release on April 21st.

Living bluegrass legend Del McCoury will also perform with his solo band on the artist roster that features Tony Trischka’s Tribute to EarlDella MaeMichael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jake BlountSister SadieTwisted PineJon Stickley Trio, and many more. Jerry Douglas will serve as host and artist-at-large all weekend in addition to performing with his longtime collaborators The Earls of Leicester and The Jerry Douglas Band.

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Presented in partnership between WNCW and the Earl Scruggs Center, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival highlights the lasting impact the seminal bluegrass musician has had on modern roots music. The festival showcases a mix of long-established artists and exciting up-and-comers, all within the bucolic region that inspired the continuing traditions of mountain music. The Tyron International Equestrian Center is an expansive multi-purpose facility that hosts year-round events and offers on-site lodging, dining, and other amenities.

Tickets for the 2023 Earl Scruggs Music Festival are on sale here. A portion of the proceeds will support the festival’s beneficiaries the Earl Scruggs Center and Isothermal Community College and their missions of providing cultural programming throughout the Carolina Foothills region.

Earl Scruggs Music Festival 2023 Lineup

Hosted by Jerry Douglas, featuring:

Emmylou Harris

Greensky Bluegrass

The Infamous Stringdusters

Del McCoury Band

The Earls of Leicester

Tony Trischka’s Tribute to Earl

The Jerry Douglas Band

Della Mae

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Jake Blount

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Shawn Camp

Sister Sadie

Twisted Pine

I Draw Slow

Rissi Palmer

Jon Stickley Trio

Tray Wellington Band

Henhouse Prowlers

The Foreign Landers

Laura Boosinger & Josh Goforth

Armchair Boogie

Zoe & Cloyd

Pretty Little Goat

Into the Fog

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