Watch Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith & More Sing “Okie From Muskogee” at Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

Watch Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith & More Sing “Okie From Muskogee” at Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

One year after Merle Haggard’s death, more than 30 stars gathered at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night (April 6) to pay tribute to the Hag on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, the concert featured performances from Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Alabama, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Jake Owen, Aaron Lewis, Tanya Tucker, Chris Janson and Bobby Bare.

Some of the night’s highlights included:

  • Jake Owen and Chris Janson: “Footlights”
  • The Avett Brothers: “Mama Tried”
  • Miranda Lambert: “Misery and Gin”
  • Hank Williams Jr: “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
  • Willie Nelson and Keith Richards: “Reasons to Quit”
  • Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney: “Pancho and Lefty”
  • Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith: “Ramblin’ Fever”
  • All Artists: “Okie From Muskogee”

Below, watch as Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and the rest of the all-star crew close the show with “Okie From Muskogee.”

video by Taylor Hendrix

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson