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Kacey Musgraves Leads G Fest Lineup

May 2, 2016

Kacey Musgraves has been announced as one of the performers at the inaugural G Fest in honor of late country legend Merle Haggard. Set for June 16th through the 18th in the Haggard-immortalized town Muskogee, Oklahoma, the three-day festival also includes...

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Toby Keith on Haggard Tribute: 'He's a Big Part of My Life'

May 2, 2016

When the producers of Sunday night's American Country Countdown Awards approached Toby Keith about playing a tribute to his musical hero, Merle Haggard, he didn't have to think twice. "He was always really a good person to me," said Keith of Haggard,...

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See Scotty McCreery's Warm Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 27, 2016

In Scotty McCreery's upcoming book Go Big or Go Home, the singer makes multiple mentions of his love for more traditional country music — a statement anyone who watched him compete on American Idol should be able to verify. On April 12th, he showed...

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Watch Chris Stapleton's Poignant Salute to Merle Haggard

April 25, 2016

Over the weekend, Chris Stapleton fearlessly tackled a classic Prince tune at one of his solo headlining shows. Days earlier, he was offering a tribute to another recently departed giant when he performed Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again."  "Probably...

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Merle Haggard's Life, Legend Celebrated in Rolling Stone

April 21, 2016

"The spirit of the American people is the only thing that can save America," Merle Haggard told Rolling Stone Managing Editor Jason Fine in an interview for the magazine a few years ago. "Not the spirit of America, the spirit of the American people. If...

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Country's 20 Highest Drug Odes

April 20, 2016

So maybe the late Merle Haggard didn’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee or take trips on LSD, but that certainly didn't stop country's greats from trading a shot of Tennessee brown for a toke of Colorado green — and singing about it, too. But true...

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Read Tom Waits' Poetic Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 19, 2016

Growing up around San Diego, California, Tom Waits was drawn to the far-away sounds of the Delta blues, Motown, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. But another artist from closer to home also made a mark on the singer-songwriter: Merle Haggard, who passed away...

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Watch Merle Haggard's 'Austin City Limits' Debut

April 18, 2016

During the 40-year run of classic PBS music series Austin City Limits, country legend Merle Haggard made multiple appearances that included some of the late singer's most memorable tunes, from "Sing Me Back Home" to "The Fugitive." Both of those songs...

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Willie Nelson Recalls 50-Year Friendship With Merle Haggard

April 15, 2016

Merle Haggard, who died last week at 79, considered Willie Nelson one of his closest friends. "I love Willie and I think Willie loves me," Haggard told Rolling Stone in 2014, detailing how the two bonded on the Nevada casino circuit...

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Flashback: See Miranda Lambert's Merle Haggard Cover

April 12, 2016

Miranda Lambert, who first came to the attention of country music fans as a contestant (and third-place finisher) on Nashville Star, showed her reverence for classic country on the USA Network reality singing competition with a feisty performance of Merle...

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See Tim McGraw's Rollicking Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 11, 2016

Following the news of Merle Haggard's death on April 6th, country stars and musicians of all stripes expressed their gratitude and said farewell to the country legend. Tim McGraw showed his appreciation in song, posting a backstage jam of "Workin'...

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Hear Vince Gill's New Song About Merle Haggard

April 26, 2016

At this year's star-studded All for the Hall concert, Vince Gill celebrated his 59th birthday by paying tribute to Merle Haggard, who died just one week earlier, on his 79th birthday. "On my birthday, I want to honor the greatest inspiration I ever...

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Toby Keith to Honor Merle Haggard at ACC Awards

April 21, 2016

The late Merle Haggard will be honored at the May 1st American Country Countdown Awards with a special performance by his former band and Toby Keith. The Country Music Hall of Famer passed away April 6th at the age of 79; the ACCAs are the first awards...

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Inside Merle Haggard's Final Years

April 20, 2016

One evening around sunset, Merle Haggard was leaning against his silver tour bus, the Santa Fe Super Chief, before a show at the Crazy Horse Saloon on the dusty fringes of Orange County, California. He stared off grimly at the brown, rolling hills that...

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Merle Haggard Movie to Depict Legend's Storied Journey

April 19, 2016

For decades, Merle Haggard encapsulated the details of his turbulent life into honest country songs. Now, his extraordinary journey from San Quentin inmate to country music legend is headed for the big screen. According to Deadline, a script based on...

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Jamey Johnson on Merle Haggard: 'He Was a Mentor to Me'

April 18, 2016

Jamey Johnson is one of the fortunate individuals to have counted the late Merle Haggard among his friends, and his honest, sympathetic approach to songs about working-class life makes him one of the country legend's closest modern analogs. The two...

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Read Keith Richards' Solemn Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 18, 2016

Keith Richards was facing seven years in prison in 1977 for a massive drug bust at his Toronto hotel room. The night before he was sentenced, he headed to Toronto's Interchange Studios and recorded several songs he'd learned from his late friend...

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See Sam Hunt's Soulful Merle Haggard Tribute

April 14, 2016

Sam Hunt tends to get a lot of grief from some corners of the country listening audience for his smoothed-out, thoroughly modern approach to making music, but he still has a deep love of the classics. At the All 4 the Hall benefit show on Tuesday, Hunt...

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Merle Haggard Laid to Rest at Music-Filled Funeral

April 11, 2016

Family, friends, bandmates and peers attended Merle Haggard's private funeral on Saturday, April 9th, with many paying tribute to the late legend through song. Held at Haggard's own ranch in Shasta County, California, the outdoor funeral was pre-planned...

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Flashback: Merle Haggard Nails Johnny Cash Impression

April 8, 2016

As country music reacted to the loss of the legendary Merle Haggard, who died on his 79th birthday this week, many of the tributes focused on the singer-songwriter's influence as a "poet of the common man." While the moniker certainly fits, it's easy...

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