Carolina in the Fall audience at night

June 5, 2018

WILKESBORO, NC – The fourth annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival, taking place September 21-22, 2018, has expanded its powerful lineup of entertainment to include The Secret Sisters, Jim Lauderdale, Front Country, Humming House and more. These artists will join festival hosts The Kruger Brothers and The Steel Wheels, The Roosevelts, Fireside Collective, The Contenders, Snyder Family Band, The Arcadian Wild, Nikki Talley and more than 100 other musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region.

The dynamic lineup is available online at

The Secret SistersThe Secret Sisters, a singer-songwriter duo from Alabama, went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, and filing bankruptcy. But sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers kept moving forward, receiving a Grammy nomination for their biting and beautiful third LP, produced by Brandi Carlile, “You Don't Own Me Anymore.” The sisters found themselves in a more creative and honest space than ever. They poured themselves into songwriting, with their experiences flowing and morphing into collective tales of triumph, rage and the indefatigable human spirit. The resulting songs are as poetic as they are confessional – soulful, gospel grooves anchored by the timeless, crystalline ring of Laura and Lydia’s voices in sweet unison.

In the beginning, before that darkness moved in, things were a little like rainbows and roses for the sisters. An open audition in Nashville in 2009 lead them to a major label deal and a debut record produced by T. Bone Burnett and Dave Cobb, followed by a tour with Levon Helm and Ray LaMontagne, a feat for any artist. From there, they opened for the likes of Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, appeared on numerous late night shows and released a second album with Burnett. But the tides turned quickly – things can change in an instant, both for the good and the bad. And when the clouds started to lift, Carlile was there to help usher in the sunshine shining brightly on The Secret Sisters.

Jim Lauderdale – The successful career of renowned singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Jim Lauderdale cannot be summed up in a few simple words. The Troutman, North Carolina, native is a household name in the Americana world but is equally at home performing bluegrass, traditional country, honkytonk, soul, rock, R&B and swing. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he has created a body work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music. A seven-time Grammy Award nominee, Jim won Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Awards in 2002 for his album “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” with Dr. Ralph Stanley and again in 2007 for “The Bluegrass Diaries.” He won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year in 2002 from the Americana Music Association. And, Jim received the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, presented by county music legend George Strait, and he was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

Also known as a “songwriter’s songwriter,” Jim has written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists George Strait (nine hits), Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, Mark Chesnutt, Gary Allan, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill and others. Jim often collaborates with the North Mississippi All-Stars, Donna the Buffalo, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy Miller.

Front Country – The West Coast acoustic band Front Country cut its teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsed across the bay in Oakland, fashioning a unique take on roots music and Indie Folk. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and “newgrass.” A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honkytonk and electropop. And, a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future. The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana. 

Humming HouseHumming House is Justin Wade Tam, Bobby Chase, Joshua Wolak and Benjamin Jones. The band formed organically out of jam sessions that Tam held in his living room in East Nashville-evidence that some of the best projects come from spontaneous collaboration and the subsequent seeing it through. Now, three albums and six years later, Humming House continues to embody what is best about the Nashville each transplant chooses to call home. 

What Humming House does so well is paint sonic landscapes that are at once compelling and honest, even in the most rollicking of songs. Humming House maintains a sense of intimacy that derives from making music with friends altogether in the same room. It is fun combined with substance. With Tam's sincerity, Jones' groove, and Chase and Wolak's charm, their live shows extend the invitation to participate. It becomes an exchange between artist and audience that includes the elements of hope, partnership and joy.

The band’s newest album, “Companion,” begins with Tam's unmistakable voice intoning, “I want to be your companion.” It is an appropriate beginning for a band who has built itself on complex musicianship and careful collaboration. In the spirit of experimentation, band members threw out the constraining rule that they would only write with acoustic instruments. While those sounds still center the creative impulses of the songs, the added electric experimentation and expanded instrumentation imbue the new songs with a dynamism that is irresistible.

Fifteen additional artists join the performance lineup:


Wayne Henderson & Friends

Presley Barker

The Paper Crowns

Hank, Pattie & The Current

Salt and Light

The Trailblazers

David Russell & Friends

BackPorch Bluegrass Band

The Carolina PineCones

Shay Martin Lovette

Alex Key and The Locksmiths

Madison Elmore with Luke Morris

Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest

Will Easter

Carolina in the Fall, a pilgrimage for music and food lovers from around the nation, takes place on Main Street in Wilkesboro and celebrates the rich musical history of Wilkes County, the Heart of American Folk Music. Winner of the 2017 IBMA Momentum Event of the Year Award, the festival engages audiences with the best of entertainment, including food, heritage crafts, shopping and children’s activities.

Folks who attend the festival will enjoy some of North Carolina’s best cuisine as food trucks from across the state bring their amazing recipes to feed the masses and vie for the coveted Carolina in the Fall Food Truck Championship Award. For guests with a grown-up thirst, local vineyards and regional craft breweries provide a taste of the region’s best adult beverages. Other festival features include the N.C. Banjo Championship, The Bobby Martin Young Songwriters Competition and The Chad Lovette Memorial Trail Run.

Carolina in the Fall gates open on Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. with music starting one hour after gates open. Performances run through 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. VIP ticket holders are invited to the exclusive Carolina Jam hosted by The Kruger Brothers from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. each evening during the festival at the Yadkin Valley Event Center located within the Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express.

Tickets for Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival 2018 are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling 336-990-0747. Round 2 ticket sales run June 1 through July 31 and are priced $30 for a one-day general admission, $55 for a two-day general admission, and $130 for a two-day VIP with a reserved seat at the Carolina Stage and a two-night pass to the Carolina Jam. See the chart below for the Round 3 prices in effect August 1 through September 20 and ticket rates if purchased at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free with a paying adult.

Ticket Prices

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Gate Prices


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Festival sponsorships are available for individuals and companies. Contact Chad Treadway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about partnering with the festival.

Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival is presented through the partnership of Heart of Folk, LLC, the Kruger Brothers and the Town of Wilkesboro. To purchase tickets, see the complete lineup of performances, or get more information about the festival, its activities and competitions, vendors and sponsors, visit or call 336-990-0747.

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