Merlefest 2021 Photography

Merlefest 2021 In Photos by Bryce Lafoon, Light Shifter Studios

Can you believe we are back to having live shows again?  It had been 559 days since I had been to a live show.   When I heard that I was gonna be an official photographer for Merlefest I was excited but a little nervous that the event might not happen with the rise of the delta covid varient.    Luckily things came together and I was able to capture this wonderful event for my first time.  I have heard thru the grapevine how great this home grown music festival was and I needed to see for myself.   Merlefest was unlike any event or festival I have ever been to before.    Here are some of my favorite photos from 2021’s Merlefest held September 16-19 at Wilkes Community College.

LeeANn Rhymes

The Cleverlys

Mavis Staples

Samantha Snyder


Gangsta Grass

The Cordovas

Donna the Buffalo

Rev. Robert Jones

Robbie Fulks

The Barefoot Movement

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

Sturgill Simpson

Sam Bush

Into the Fog

Local Boys

Kelsey Waldon

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Charlie Crockett

Jim Lauderdale

Sierra Ferrell

Presley Barker

Margo Price

Merlefest will be returning April 28- May 1, 2022.     For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the following page:


Bryce is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer from Asheville, North Carolina.   Bryce is passionate about photography and enjoys photographing musicians and festivals.   To view more of Bryce’s work,  please visit the following webpage

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