If you're a tried-and-true country music lover then you've no doubt heard of Merle Haggard,
or "The Hag," as he's better known to his fans. This talented outlaw country singer has been entertaining audiences of all
ages for half a century, and he's showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Now, at the age of 76, Merle Haggard is back
and better than ever. He first found fame in the 1970s, but continued to release successful albums throughout the 90s and
2000s. He has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and is one of the most
beloved musicians in the country.
The talented musician and his band The Strangers helped to create the famous Bakersfield
sound that includes the twang of the Fender Telecaster. He combines elements of traditional country including the steel guitar,
with vocal harmonies that are draw inspiration from all different genres. His music is edgier than your typical country artist,
but maintains the likability and southern twang of traditional country music. He is currently on tour, and will be making
stops in Reno, Tucson, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Baton Rouge and many others.
Merle Haggard has
had an illustrious career that has made him a living legend. And the talented singer isn't just entertaining, he's influential.
He has inspired generations of country singers with his unique style and unwavering spirit. Artists like George Strait, Toby
Keith and Alan Jackson have all cited Haggard as a major influence in their musical careers.
About the Artist
in Oildale, California, Merle Haggard is now considered a country music icon, and a pioneer in the outlaw country music movement.
In addition to his singing and songwriting, Haggard is a multi-instrumentalist, who can easily command both a guitar and fiddle.
Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the
unique twang of a Fender Telecaster and a blend of steel guitar sounds and modern vocal harmonies. It produces a less-polished
sound compared to other Nashville Sound recordings. With an impressive string of albums under his belt, it's no surprise that
Merle was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Come see this legendary
country music artist for yourself.
Merle Haggard had a tumultuous time growing up, as his father died during his youth
and he was arrested for a series of minor offenses. But he eventually straightened out his life and began recording with Tally
Records. At that time, the Bakersfield Sound was developing in the area as a reaction against the over-produced honky tonk
of the Nashville Sound. Haggard's first song was "Skid Row." Several years later, he recorded a cover of Wynn Stewart's "Sing
a Sad Song," which became an instant national hit in 1964. In 1965, he debuted his first national top ten record "(My Friends
Are Gonna Be) Strangers." Then in 1966, his "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," rose to the top of the country charts and remains his
most crowd-pleasing song. Don't miss your chance to sing along with Merle Haggard when he belts out his "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive"
Of course, Merle Haggard's hits didn't stop with "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive." In 1968 his tribute LP, "Same Train,
Different Time: A Tribute to Jimmie Rodgers," was met with widespread critical acclaim. Then a year later, his humorous track,
"Okie From Muskogee," made him a certified country music superstar. The 1969 hit, along with "The Fightin' Side of Me", and
"I Wonder If They Think of Me" became patriotic anthems for the "Silent Majority" in America. But you don't have to be "an
Okie From Muskogee," to appreciate Merle Haggard's classic country tunes. Country fans from all over the world have fallen
in love with his legendary voice and clever vocals.
After a rough beginning,
Merle Haggard decided to turn his life around and find a more productive way to spend his time than committing petty crimes.
He started performing again and began recording with Tally Records. The Bakersfield Sound was becoming a bigger deal in the
south, as a reaction to the over-produced, honky tonk sound that was so popular in the country music scene. While performing
in Las Vegas, Haggard heard Wynn Stewart perform "Sing a Sad Song," and asked if he could record the song. The song became
a national hit with Haggard's voice as the vehicle, and he earned his first top ten record. He was a star right out of the
gate, and continued to produce chart-topping records well-into the 2000s. Today, the 76-year-old singer and performer continues
to tour and play for his devoted fans.
Nothing's more fun than dancing and singing all
night long to live country music from one of the greatest artist in the world! Merle Haggard's music remains just as popular
today as it was forty years ago--his "Okie From Muskogee" hit was even covered by country duo The Swon Brothers on the current
season of NBC's singing competition show, The Voice.