It's big and gettin' a whole lot bigger!
Country music legend Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday on April 6 of last year and fans and friends alike have been waiting for a public tribute befitting the storied troubadour since.
February brought the news we'd been waiting for when it was revealed that more than 20 artists would gather at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on what would have been Haggard's 80th birthday for Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard.
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 signed on from the outset, but the list is still growing!
Alabama, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and longtime Haggard friend Toby Keith have now added their names to the roster of performers.
Tickets are still available here with a portion of proceeds going to charity. But if you can't make it, no problem! The show is being taped for future distribution on a variety of platforms in the future. In the meantime, check out this impromptu bus hang featuring Toby, Merle and singer-songwriter Scotty Emerick. And long live the Hag!
Pioneer Troubadour presents a magic moment on Toby Keith's bus with Merle Haggard. Before a CMT special they were hanging on the bus and doing some pickin' and grinnin' and this is sample of what you will see at www.PioneerTroubadorus.com
Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.