Stars Remember Merle Haggard

Stars Remember Merle Haggard

Originally published in the April 25, 2016 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

The country music world took to Twitter to pay their respects to the country icon.

“Literally just fell to the floor. Can’t believe we lost the Hag. RIP Merle Haggard.”
—Dierks Bentley

“Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer . . . a true entertainer . . . a legend. There will never be another like him.”
—Carrie Underwood

“A true hero was lost today. Thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music.”
—Luke Bryan

“Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience. Rest in peace, Merle Haggard.”
—Charlie Daniels

“There will never be another artist like the Hag . . . Rest in peace, Merle Haggard.”
—Chris Young

“We lost one of the best today. Rest in peace, Merle Haggard . . . You will be missed.”
—Tyler Farr

“There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.”
—Brad Paisley

“He was more than a great talent. He was a gifted poet. What a huge inspiration he was to everyone! RIP Merle Haggard.”
—Travis Tritt

“Merle Haggard was the best country songwriter there ever was.”
—Jason Isbell

“Just heard the news. I’m so so sad. I don’t even know what else to say.”
—Martina McBride

“Hard to believe the news about Merle Haggard. Working with him is something I’ll never forget & will cherish forever.”
—Dustin Lynch

“He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.”
—Willie Nelson

“We’ve lost a giant. No words for what Merle Haggard’s music meant to me. I know his mind is now untangled forever.”
—Clint Black

“So sad to hear about the passing of Merle Haggard. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and country music fans.”
—Cole Swindell

“We lost a true hero today & I’m very sad to say a true friend. I will always be eternally grateful. Goodbye, Hag.”
—Sturgill Simpson

“The big city finally turned him loose . . . and set him free. God bless your soul, Merle, thanks for the music.”
—Frankie Ballard

“It felt like the world stopped for a moment when I heard about Merle Haggard . . . such an icon . . . thanks for your gift to all of us, brother.”
—Brett Eldredge

Daily Dose

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter