George Strait Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard During Triumphant Return to the Stage

George Strait rode away, but triumphantly rode back into the Las Vegas spotlight, returning to the stage for the first time since June 2014. Strait was was responsible for opening the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Vegas, with help from Kacey Musgraves and the King didn’t miss a beat. Strait tore through his classics, “Amarillo … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Jake Owen Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard

Jake Owen was affected by the death of Merle Haggard. So much so, he took to Facebook Live to pay tribute to the Hag. “When I heard Mr. Merle Haggard passed away, it was one of the first times in a long time that someone that I really, strongly listened to growing up and throughout … Read more

Watch This Classic Merle Haggard Performance From The Grand Ole Opry

Merle Haggard, the late country legend who forever changed music, performed his song of “Workin’ Man Blues” on “That Nashville Show” in 1977. The song, which was a No. 1 song in 1969, perfectly embodied his signature Bakersfield sound. The lyrics perfectly embody the blue collar spirit his music was known for. I keep my … Read more

Tim McGraw’s Tribute to Merle Haggard is One-of-a-Kind

Tributes to Merle Haggard have been pouring in since the legendary artist passed away on his 79th birthday, but none quite like Tim McGraw’s. McGraw posted a video of himself and his band backstage performing The Hag’s iconic “Workin’ Man’s Blues.” Haggard took the song to the top of the charts in 1969. Posted by … Read more

Merle Haggard’s Funeral to Be Private

Merle Haggard, who passed away on April 6 at the age of 79, will have a private funeral on April 9 in Palo Cedro, California, the Tennessean newspaper reports. “I found out yesterday that Merle had preplanned his own service,” Marty Stuart told the paper. “He requested that Connie [Smith] sing ‘Precious Memories,’ that me … Read more

40 Years Ago Merle Haggard was Pardoned by Ronald Reagan

On March 14, 1972, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan pardoned Merle Haggard. The singer, who had numerous run-ins with the law, served 3 years in San Quentin for a burglary for which he received a full pardon. “They kept it under wraps,” Haggard told CMT in 2004. “There was some effort on my brother-in-law’s part, who … Read more

8 Really Inaccurate Descriptions of Country Music’s Most Classic Songs

Some people just have a way with words, especially when describing some of the most famous and recognizable country music songs of all-time. 1. Johnny Cash // “Ring of Fire” Cute?! We aren’t talking about puppies here, we’re talking about deep and passionate love. 2. George Jones // “He Stopped Loving Her Today” It’s not … Read more

Merle Haggard Performs Classic “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” at the Grand Old Opry

During a recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry, Merle Haggard reached way back into his catalog of hits for the crowd. Haggard, with his usual charm, played his 1980 hit, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” from his Back to the Barrooms album. The hit was Haggard‘s 26th No.1 single. This particular … Read more

Merle Haggard Singing “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star” Will Make You Swoon

Recently, during the Guitar Center Sessions live performance and interview series, country legend Merle Haggard performed his 1987 Chill Factor hit “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” — a song that became Haggard’s last No. 1 hit. Haggard’s warm and weathered voice lent itself well to the song and the performance. Leaving room for electric guitar and saxophone solos, the performance … Read more