Calling all country music fans! Get ready to tip your Stetsons to a prolific pair of singer-songwriting legends and pals, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, while watching the 2014 studio-based film “An Intimate Evening with Willie and Merle” which premieres this Sunday, June 25, on AXS TV. The event airs as part of AXS TV’s “A Willie Nice Day” country music marathon which kicks off at 8 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. CT.
“An Intimate Evening with Willie and Merle” catches the two award-winning music icons as they enter the studio to record their final album together before taking the stage to deliver an extraordinary joint performance, that marks one of their last. The event was filmed live at Arlyn Studios in Texas at the intimate candle lit drum room.
The list of prizes these iconic artists have received in their storied careers is staggering. They both are Kennedy Center Honorees and Country Music Hall of Famers. Nelson has won 12 Grammy Awards and Haggard also earned multiple Grammys including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have churned out dozens of hits between the two of them, with Haggard earning 38 career Country No. 1 singles. The charismatic pair enjoy easy conversation about days on the road and their tight bond before launching into a stream of their biggest hits including Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” as well as Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.” They take on some of the best collaborations as well such as “A Horse Called Music” and many more.
This rare special is a must-see for all fans of these two legendary men who helped shape and define country music across multiple decades. Unfortunately, Haggard passed away last year, but Nelson, now 84, still actively entertains.
AXS TV’s “A Willie Nice Day” Sunday day-long programming block also includes captivating back-to-back episodes of “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” beginning at 8 a.m. with Loretta Lynn, followed by Kenny Rogers at 9 a.m. and Dolly Parton at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m., “Rock Legends” explores the life and career of the late, great Johnny Cash aka “The Man in Black” who is highly regarded to be one of the most important artists in country music and has influenced scores of artists within that genre and beyond. At 11:30 Nelson performs in a star-studded lineup for one of his favorite causes with “Farm Aid 2016.”
Then Haggard and Nelson open up to Dan Rather for candid discussions about music, their lives, and their careers in two more back-to-back episodes of “The Big Interview,” which air at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET, respectively. A large block of live concert footage follows with “Willie Nelson Live” at 3 p.m. ET, and each of the artists doing a set for “Live From Billy Bob’s. Merle Haggard is up first at 4 p.m. ET, followed by Nelson at 6 p.m. ET.
Finally, an all-star tribute to George Jones, “George Jones: 50 Years of Hits” follows “An Intimate Evening with Wille and Merle” at 9 p.m. ET and closes out the day-long country music celebration. If Sunday is your kick-back and put-up-your-feet day, AXS TV’s “A Willie Nice Day” marathon, featuring “An Intimate Evening with Willie and Meryl is the perfect way to spend your day this Sunday, June 25.
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