Monday, February 27, 2017
– The late Merle Haggard will receive homage in an all-star concert in Nashville in April starring the likes of Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn and Miranda Lambert.
Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard will be taped at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 6 in honor of what would have been the Hag's 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing.
John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, John Anderson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare and Haggard's son, Ben, all have agreed to play. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets on sale Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11 a.m.. central online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
Keith Wortman, Mark Rothbaum and Theresa Haggard, the Hag's widow, are the creators and executive producers of the show. Don Was, Buddy Cannon and Ben Haggard will serve as music directors and preside over a house band backing the performers.
The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.
"I am so very thankful for this tribute to my husband, Merle Haggard. Please come join me and my family at this fantastic show that Merle would be so proud of," said Theresa Haggard.