MerleFest allows for lots of collaboration between artists but it also allows for musicians to be authentic to who they are. When I was in the presser with Keb Mo today and he was asked about how his music was going to fit into the festival he said that the music is music and that is what makes MerleFest what it is. This was a very good point. During the Hillside Album Hour, many artists work together to collaborate on a classic rock album, together they create a bluegrass style but this is only thanks to organizers allowing for individuality. Being you, not showing off, as Doc would’ve wanted it. That is MerleFest.