Toby Keith, Alabama & Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top added to all-star Merle Haggard Tribute lineup
all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,
Tennessee on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. CT in honor of what
would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing. This one
The new additions to the lineup join previously announced performing artists Willie
Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks
Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., The Avett Brothers, Alison
Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie
Smith and Bobby Bare. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Merle Haggard racked up an
astounding 38 No. 1 country hits and every major award imaginable. Songs
like “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” and
“The Fightin’ Side Of Me” continue to inspire new generations of artists
and fans alike, and as we approach what would have been a major
milestone, the time has come to celebrate his truly remarkable career.
He was an iconoclast who refused to bend to country music convention and
helped create the indelible Bakersfield sound. He gave voice to outlaws
and outsiders and in a way that few, if any, have ever equaled.
A limited number of tickets for this all-star concert event are currently available at ticketmaster.com, by phone at , all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
Keith Wortman, Mark Rothbaum and Theresa Haggard are the creators and
executive producers of the show. Don Was, Ben Haggard and Buddy Cannon
will serve as music directors
and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this
historic concert event taping. The event will be filmed and recorded for
multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide
broadcast, music, and digital). A portion of the proceeds will benefit
the T.J. Martell Foundation.
“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,” said Theresa Haggard.
“I am honored to produce a show that celebrates the life and music of
Merle Haggard,” says Wortman. “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.”
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