“On the Go” Newsletter – MerleFest

This issue of Sherman Lee Dillon’s email newsletter was originally sent on April 19, 2016. Any performance dates mentioned in this message have already happened.



On April 28th and April 29th, 2016, I’ll be performing at MerleFest, A festival started by Doc Watson (1923-2012) in memory of his son, Merle (1949-1985).

“He had the nerve and he had the blood,
But there never was a horse like the Tennesse Stud”
Doc Watson – Tennessee Stud

First time I heard of Doc Watson was around 1970. His song, “Tennessee Stud” was one of the favorites on an album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt band titled, “Will the CIrcle be Unbroken.” The first thing I noticed was his clean, melody picking style. The more I learned about Doc, the more I liked him. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one. His career took off. Conveniently, since he was blind, Doc’s son Merle was also a guitar virtuoso and from 1970 to 1985 he was Doc’s right hand man.
Doc & Merle Watson: 2 Songs

Sadly, in 1985, Merle was killed in a farm tractor accident. Doc and Merle never felt a need to outgrow their roots, or the simple life they loved. In honor of his son and best friend, he started the festival known as MerleFest.
Doc & Merle Watson, Last Song They Played Together

I consider it a great honor to have been asked to perform at MerleFest 2016.

Next time you get a minute, look at this short documentary. It’ll do your heart good.
Doc Watson – Three Days with Doc


Merlefest Stage 2016 schedule for Sherman Lee Dillon

The Greatest Acoustic Blues Show on Earth with Sherman Lee Dillon
Austin Stage
Saturday 3:25 PM-4:05 PM

Sunday Morning Blues
Along with Roy Book BInder
Americana Stage
Sunday 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

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