Posted: 12:20 pm Saturday, April 8th, 2017
The life and music of Merle Haggard was huge part of our history and he was honored friday night (4/6) during the Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard tribute concert in Nashville. This tribute takes place on the one year anniversary of Merle’s passing and what would have been his 80th birthday, the concert included performances from country icons such as Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson, as well as rock legends the likes of ZZ Top’s Bill Gibbons and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
There was all-star collaboration from Jake Owen and Chris Janson, who teamed up to perform Haggard’s “Footlights.” The tributes came from artists of all genres, including a performance of Merle’s classic “Mama Tried” by the folk rock band The Avett Brothers.With the help of Jamey Johnson, Loretta Lynn performed Merle’s “Today I Started Loving You Again.” Taking the stage in a sleek black dress, Miranda Lambert put her spin The Hag’s 1980 hit “Misery and Gin.” Then Nashville’s mayor, Megan Barry, was on hand to proclaim April 6 as “Merle Haggard Day” in Music City. The crowd roared with applause when Hank Williams Jr. took the stage to perform “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.”
In one of the biggest collaborations of the night, Willie Nelson and Keith Richards teamed up to play “Reasons To Quit,” an old Willie and Merle duet.
Nelson later teamed up with Kenny Chesney to revive another classic Willie and Merle duet, “Pancho and Lefty.” Chesney then left the stage and Toby Keith joined Willie to perform “Ramblin’ Fever.”
All of the artists soon returned to the stage to wrap up the show with “Okie From Muskogee,” Haggard’s signature song.