Sam Hunt Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard During All for the Hall Benefit Concert

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Sam Hunt had a little help from Keith Urban and Vince Gill while honoring Merle Haggard with a soulful, heartfelt cover of “The Way I Am.”

Wearing his normal flat bill hat, Hunt didn’t need a backing track or beats to sing a legendary song in front of thousands at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Urban and Gill sang background vocals and played guitar for Hunt.

The performance was an impressive nod to Haggard and Hunt’s country roots.

Several artists honored Haggard during the All for the Hall benefit concert, with Gill stating, “Last Wednesday morning … I woke up to the news my greatest hero passed away. On my birthday tonight, I want more than anything to honor my greatest inspiration.”