In the long and rich festival season dedicated to the roots of the American sound, The MerleFest offers a fundamental importance, one, because it has been around for sometime now, the other because of the newcomers it proposes, always fresh and exciting. From its first edition back in 1988, organised by the legendary Doc Watson, dedicating it to his son (and partner for many years) Merle, who had just died in a tragic accident, this appointment, which takes place every Spring in the cozy settings of the Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, brings together important names as well as “crowd-gathering” ones, in a wide array of independent musicians, often enough, very young and creative, remaining however within tradition. Country music, but also bluegrass, folk, old-time, Cajun, Celtic and everything regarding American cultural heritage, finds its way onto the thirteen stages during the four days, ( next year from 26th to 29th April 2018), of the festival, presenting a constantly evolving musical scene. We will return to speak in detail of the 30th edition, during which a visit to that area would be really worthwhile, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of North Carolina.(Remo Ricaldone)