On what will be the one-year anniversary of the great Merle Haggard's death, the country music community is coming together to celebrate his life and legacy. The upcoming all-star concert, called Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, is set to tape Thursday (April 6) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The date also holds another significance: it would have been the legendary outlaw's 80th birthday.
Performers include Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Jake Owen, Rodney Crowell, Keith Richards Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Kacey Musgraves, Connie Smith, Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Aaron Lewis, Chris Janson, Buddy Miller, Tanya Tucker, John Mellencamp, Bobby Bare, John Anderson, Hank Williams Jr., Ben Haggard, Lucinda Williams, The Avett Brothers, Ronnie Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jamey Johnson and Warren Hayes.
Event tickets go on-sale this Friday (March 3) at 11 a.m. CST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. Details on when the special will air across digital platforms are forthcoming.
The show is created and executive produced by Keith Worthman, Mark Rothbaum and Theresa Haggard. Buddy Cannon, Ben Haggard and Don Was will serve as musical directors. "I am so very thankful for this tribute to my husband, Merle Haggard. Please come join me and my family at this fantastic show that Merle would be so proud of," says Theresa Haggard in a press statement. Wortman chimes in, “I am honored to produce a show that celebrates the life and music of Merle Haggard. His music and lyrics continue to shape the lives of musicians and millions of fans. I can't think of any better way to celebrate his 80th birthday than to honor his legacy with this extraordinary event. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening.”
Haggard's legacy includes 38 No. 1 hits and a slew of industry hardware. His most enduring classics include "Mama Tried," "Okie from Muskogee" and "The Fightin' Side of Me," among many others.
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