Merle Haggard Tribute: 10 Best Things We Saw

From Keith Richards' heartfelt "Sing Me Back Home" to Miranda Lambert's aching "Misery and Gin"

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Alabama, "Silver Wings"

This classic weeper from 1969's A Portrait of Merle Haggard speaks for itself, just a guy waxing poetic about the metal bird taking his ex away forever and, he admits, "slowly fading out of sight." Alabama wisely opted not to mess with a good thing. While Randy Owen strummed his acoustic guitar and sang the mournful lines, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook chimed in with lovely, ghostly harmonies, a delicate reminder that the best of Haggard's songs work beautifully with the simple approach. J.F.

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