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Haggard sets return to stage

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 – Merle Haggard is gearing up for the road once again after a bout with pneumonia sidelined him in January.

The dates which were postponed in January are being rescheduled for April and Haggard's previously booked tour with his longtime band, The Strangers, begins as planned on Feb. 28 in Tucson, Arizona at the Fox Theatre.

"I'm feeling good and ready to get back on the bus. Thanks to all for their powerful prayers that led to my speedy recovery. I'm rehearsing with the band and looking forward to playin' and singin' again."

Tour dates are:

Feb. 28 Tucson, Arizona Fox Theatre

Feb. 29 Anaheim, CA The Grove

March 1 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre

March 2 Laughlin, NV Edgewater Casino

March 3 Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente Casino

March 5-6 Folsom, CA Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

April 11 Nashville, TN The Ryman Auditorium

April 12 Pigeon Forge, TN Country Tonite Theatre

April 13 Florence, IN Ballerra Casino & Resort

April 14 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium

April 15 Columbia, SC The Township Auditorium

April 16 Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

April 17 Shippensburg, PA The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

April 19 Torrington, CT Warner Theatre

April 20 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall

April 21 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah's Atlantic City-The Concert Venue

April 22 Springfield, OH Clark State Performing Arts Center

April 25 Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium

April 26 Paducah, KY Four Rivers Center

April 27 Lula, MS Isle of Capri Casino

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
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