One of the true country legends left in the world will be making his return to Evansville on October 29th.  Make sure you get tickets to see 'The Hag' as he comes to The Centre's Aiken Theater.  Tickets go on sale August 9th at 10am!


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October 29, 2013

 The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. Experience the diversity of Merle Haggard at The Centre’s Aiken Theatre on Tuesday, October 29th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 9th at 10am!


Studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs. The lyrics are deceptively simple, the music exceptionally listenable. Others who have lived through those same situations recognize the truth in the stories he tells. But Haggard’s real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar.


As a result, Haggard found his songs at the top of the charts on a regular basis. Immediately embraced by country fans, he also earned the respect of his peers. In addition to the 40 #1 hits, Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs. He has won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.


Join The Centre in welcoming Merle Haggard to the stage October 29th in the Aiken Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $33.00 – 48.00.  Tickets can be purchased at all The Centre Box Office, or call 1-800-745-3000 for information check our website at