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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Chris Janson and Jake Owen, "Footlights"

On paper, the pairing of beach bum Jake Owen and country boy Chris Janson may have looked like a mismatch, but onstage it made for one of the night's best duos – which, in a show featuring Keith Richards singing with Willie Nelson – is saying something. Delivering Haggard's tale of faking it in the limelight, "Footlights," Owen and Janson tapped into the angst of being a touring musician, with Owen's deep, impassioned vocals proving once and for all he knows his way around classic country. But it was Janson who made the song his own, changing the age-referencing lyric from Hag's original 41 to his own 31 years, blowing a mean harmonica and captivating the crowd with a buttery vocal that carried from the front row all the way to the nosebleeds. J.H.

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