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CORRESPONDENTApril 24, 2009 

  • Perhaps the greatest singer of country music's modern era, George Jones has earned a well-deserved place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. On Sunday, Jones brings his hits ("He Stopped Loving Her Today" and others) to the Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park.

It began in 1988 as a fundraiser for a garden to honor the memory of legendary musician Doc Watson's son Merle, who had died in a tractor accident on his farm.

From simple beginnings with a handful of musicians performing on the bed of a flatbed truck, MerleFest has grown into one of the world's largest and most prestigious acoustic music gatherings, with hundreds of artists performing on a dozen stages.

Held on the grounds of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, the festival continues today through Sunday.

Today's lineup features, the Del McCoury Band, the Grascals, and Mountain Heart with Tony Rice. On Saturday, Tift Merritt, Emmylou Harris, and Sam Bush will perform.

Sunday's lineup will include Linda Ronstadt, Beausoleil with Michael Doucet, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. For complete lineup, see

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