Merle Haggard to Headline Bluegrass Festival

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Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard will be the featured artist in this year's Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival in western Kentucky.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports other acts scheduled to perform during the three day event in Owensboro include The Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksliver, the Punch Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Director Gabrielle Gray says organizers expect attendance to increase this year since the festival was named "event of the year" last fall by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

She said the festival drew 21,000 people last year — a record number.

Tickets went on sale this week for the June 27-29 event.

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