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Country Classic Spotlight: Merle Haggard and His Impressions of Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash

Merle Haggard
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The legendary Merle Haggard will be in concert at the Centre on Tuesday October 29th. My two favorite artists of all-time are Hank Williams and Haggard. When George Jones passed earlier this year, we were reminded how precious the remaining legends are and how important it is that we never forget them…they were after all, the architects of the country format.

Merle Haggard has been referred to as the ‘poet of the common man’, his music is real, powerful and almost every song tells a story that almost all of us can relate to on some level, which is one of the things that separates the country format from any other music genre We also have the Grand Ole’ Opry and no other music genre has anything even remotely resembling the Opry.

Haggard is very much a historian of country music and has the utmost respect for all those who came before him, in particular, Left Frizzell and Hank Williams. While Haggard is one the great singer/songwriters and guitar players in the history of country music, he is also one of the best impersonators of all-time and used to incorporate those impressions into his shows, especially in the 60s and 70s.

Haggard’s impressions of Marty Robbins and Hank Snow are among the best ever. Below are a couple of videos demonstrating Haggard’s unique talent for impressions. Getting a ticket to see Haggard on October 29th will be money well spent just to be able to say that you were in the same room with a true legend, the likes of which, we may never see again. Get your tickets here.


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