Tag Archives: Merle Haggard

ACM Awards Red Carpet Week to Kick Off on Sept. 12

ACM Awards Red Carpet Week to Kick Off on Sept. 12

Hosted by Keith Urban, the ACM Awards will air live from Nashville on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The show will take place at three iconic Nashville institutions: the Grand Ole Opry House, The Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium. In the lead-up to the awards show on Sept. 16, Circle TV will…MORE

Merle Haggard Biopic Coming to Amazon

Merle Haggard Biopic Coming to Amazon

Amazon has plans for a Merle Haggard biopic, according to Deadline. Based on Merle’s 1981 memoir, Sing Me Back Home, the upcoming flick is set to be directed by Robin Bissell, who is also co-writing the script with Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard. Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell is in talks to play Merle. The film will…MORE

Celebrating 50 Years of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”

Celebrating 50 Years of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”

Merle Haggard was a country music icon. In an era when the term is often used excessively and incorrectly, Merle embodied the term like few other entertainers. The entire music world lost a true legend when Merle died on April 6, 2016—his 79th birthday. This week we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of…MORE

Even With Haggard Family’s Blessing, Keith Urban Was Still Nervous to Release Merle-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

Even With Haggard Family’s Blessing, Keith Urban Was Still Nervous to Release Merle-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

Keith Urban tiptoed through hallowed ground when he decided to record and release, “Coming Home,” a tune that features a riff from one of country music’s most sacred songs, Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Even though Keith reached out to Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard, and son, Ben, to secure their blessings, he was still nervous about…MORE

Listen to Keith Urban’s New Haggard-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

Listen to Keith Urban’s New Haggard-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

With the release of new song, “Coming Home,” Keith Urban has given fans the second sampling of music from his upcoming album, Graffiti U. The new tune, which features vocals from Julia Michaels, utilizes a riff from one of country music’s most iconic songs, “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard. “Coming Home” was co-penned by Keith,…MORE

Merle Haggard’s “Santa Fe Super Chief” Tour Bus Is For Sale

Merle Haggard’s “Santa Fe Super Chief” Tour Bus Is For Sale

Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels, Texas, will hold an auction on Feb. 10, and one of the items up for bid is Merle Haggard’s former tour bus. The 2008 Motor Coach Industries tour bus includes a master bedroom, four bunks, lounge area and vintage train horn. Merle nicknamed the bus the “Santa Fe Super…MORE

You Can Now Listen to Merle Haggard While You Drive on Merle Haggard

You Can Now Listen to Merle Haggard While You Drive on Merle Haggard

You can now listen to Merle Haggard while you drive on Merle Haggard. In honor of the late, great Country Music Hall of Fame member, the Interstate 5/Highway 44 interchange in Redding, Calif., has been designated the Merle Haggard Memorial Overpass. After Sen. Ted Gaines helped pass the new legislation, Redding radio personalities on the…MORE

Turn Me Loose

Turn Me Loose

35 years ago today (April 10), Merle Haggard’s “Big City” reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The tune was Merle’s 27th No. 1 on the chart.MORE

Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Sheryl Crow Added to Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Sheryl Crow Added to Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

The lineup for the Merle Haggard tribute concert—dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard—just got a little bigger with the addition of Sheryl Crow and Rolling Stones guitarist/vocalist Keith Richards. “Stuff happens, but you just have to be your own man, and have something to say,” said Keith in a statement. “Sometimes…MORE

Toby Keith, Alabama & ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Added as Performers for Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

Toby Keith, Alabama & ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Added as Performers for Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

More than 20 stars—including newly announced Toby Keith, Alabama and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons—will come together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 6 for a Merle Haggard tribute concert. Dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, the concert will also feature performances from Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks…MORE

Merle Haggard Tribute Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert & More Than a Dozen Other Stars

Merle Haggard Tribute Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert & More Than a Dozen Other Stars

More than a dozen stars—and more to be announced soon—will come together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 6 for a Merle Haggard tribute concert. Dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, the concert will feature performances from Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams…MORE

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

Controversy can be a double-edged sword in country music. On the one hand, some spirited conversation about a song or album can elevate an artist’s profile, particularly in our present on-demand world. On the other, there’s a real risk of being banished from radio. Here are 10 of country music’s most controversial tunes, in order…MORE

Watch Keith Urban (and a Dancing Nicole Kidman) Ring In the New Year With a Medley of Songs by Merle Haggard, Prince, George Michael & More

Watch Keith Urban (and a Dancing Nicole Kidman) Ring In the New Year With a Medley of Songs by Merle Haggard, Prince, George Michael & More

Keith Urban celebrated New Year’s Eve with a free performance in Nashville on Dec. 31. Before the music note dropped (yes, Nashville drops a music note—eat your heart out NYC), Keith performed a medley of hits in tribute to artists who died in 2016, including George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Glenn Frey of…MORE

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

It’s never easy to lose someone and it’s especially hard when those people have made an impact on our lives. 2016 saw the passing of 10 country artists who have touched our lives with their music, including legendary artists Merle Haggard and Ralph Stanley and those we lost way too soon like Joey Feek and…MORE

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

What would the Christmas season be without music? It’s the soundtrack for trimming the tree, wrapping presents and cooking Christmas dinner. While those activities are fun for a lot of folks and Martina McBride’s White Christmas is must-have musical accompaniment, I decided to create the manliest of holiday playlists, perfect for listening to while splitting…MORE

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Sophomore Symphony

Sophomore Symphony

Russell Dickerson will release his sophomore album, Southern Symphony, on Dec. 4. The 10-song project features his recent No. 1 lead single, “Love You Like I Used To.” photo by TCD