Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Well, here's one person that needs no introduction to the gentle masses that have become the Walnut Valley Festival. Merle Watson was only seventeen when he and Doc took the stage as the Saturday headliner for the Southwestern Folk Festival, April 29, 1967. They also conducted workshops, and led parts of the gospel sing on Sunday. Doc and Merle returned for the first three years at the fairgrounds, then again in '76, '80 and '82. Every true Winfielder should go to Merlefest at least once. Doc also came in '86, '87 and '88 with Jack Lawrence.