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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Kacey Musgraves, "Rainbow Stew"

Like many of Haggard's more political tunes, interpretations of "Rainbow Stew" will vary depending upon the individual. This utopian world he envisions sounds like it might be intended as pure fantasy, but Kacey Musgraves' performance of the song during the Sing Me Back Home tribute actually sounded sweetly hopeful while injecting it with a distinctly queer sensibility. "It feels super progressive and ahead of its time lyrically," Musgraves told Rolling Stone before the show. "Talking about cars running on water and satellites heating our homes ... I thought it was fitting. And also, I had a rainbow rhinestone jacket." J.F.

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