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Merle Haggard Honoured With Connoisseur-grade Marijuana Line

The singer/songwriter, who died in April (16), is to be honoured with a new cannabis strain by bosses at the Colorado Weed Co. Haggard was working with the firm when he passed...

Sturgill Simpson: 'I'll Be Blackballed For Merle Haggard Award Criticism'

Officials at the organisation announced on Monday (29Aug16) that Miranda Lambert will be the first-ever recipient of the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, which was created to honour the contributions of the late icon...

Miranda Lambert To Receive First-ever Merle Haggard Award

The new award honours "uncompromising artists in the spirit of Merle Haggard", while acknowledging "a man who has figured prominently in ACM history", according to RollingStone.com. Fans will have to wait...

Academy Of Country Music To Honour Merle Haggard With New Award

The veteran singer, who passed away in April (16) shortly after the organisation's annual awards show, is the inspiration behind the ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award. The prize will honour the contributions...

Country Musician Freddy Powers Dead At 84

The songwriter/producer passed away on Tuesday (21Jun16) following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Powers started performing with his family in Texas honky-tonk venues. He went on to work with guitarist Paul...

Oklahoma Officials Win Approval For Merle Haggard Statue

Officials at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) outlined plans to honour the singer five years ago, but they have only recently been granted permission to erect the bronze sculpture of Haggard...

Toby Keith To Honour Merle Haggard At American Country Countdown Awards

The legendary musician passed away on his 79th birthday on 6 April (16), and now ceremony producers have recruited Keith to pay tribute to Haggard with a dedicated set, featuring the late icon's...

Merle Haggard Biopic In The Works

Bosses at GMH Productions have secured the rights to Done It All, a script named after Haggard's hit song, which details his early days in a life of poverty and crime to his...

Merle Haggard Remembered In Funeral Service

The veteran singer passed away at his home in Northern California on his 79th birthday last week (ends08Apr16), and on Saturday (09Apr16), a private funeral service was held at Haggard's Palo Cedro, California...

Willie Nelson Dedicates Radio Channel To Merle Haggard

Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday on Wednesday (06Apr16), and Nelson, who often hit the road and the studio with his fellow stalwart, was among the many stars who shared their condolences...

Merle Haggard Knew He'd Die On His Birthday

The beloved star passed away on Wednesday (06Apr16) - on his 79th birthday - at his home near Redding, California. And now his son Ben reveals Merle had a strange feeling he...

Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton Add Tributes To Merle Haggard

Nelson, who often hit the road and the studio with his fellow stalwart, took to Twitter hours after the news of Haggard's death was released and posted a photograph of himself and his...

Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood Lead Tributes To Merle Haggard

The legendary star passed away on his 79th birthday after suffering complications from pneumonia. His death has rocked the country world and many of Haggard's friends, fans and collaborators have taken to...

Birthday Boy Merle Haggard Dead At 79

The veteran singer, who had been battling ill health in recent months, passed away on Wednesday (06Apr16). The news emerges days after Haggard cancelled all scheduled shows for April (16), as his...

Merle Haggard Cancels April Tour Dates

The country music legend had previously pulled the plug on dates in February and March (16) after checking in to a California hospital for treatment of a recurring bout of double pneumonia.On Tuesday (29Mar16), Okie...

Country Icon Merle Haggard Still Ill

The Okie From Muskogee singer has been forced to postpone a string of March (16) shows after checking in to a California hospital for treatment of a recurring bout of double pneumonia....

Merle Haggard Axes February Tour

The 78 year old spent 11 days in hospital in December (15) and axed a number of shows after he was diagnosed with deadly lung condition pneumonia, and he sparked further fears for...

Merle Haggard Assures Fans He Is Recovering After Health Scare

The 78 year old spent 11 days in hospital in December (15) and axed a number of tour dates after he was diagnosed with the deadly lung condition, and he sparked further fears...

Merle Haggard Delays Tour As Pneumonia Battle Continues

The musician scrapped a string of tour dates after he was hospitalised in California in December (15), and he later admitted the condition nearly killed him, declaring, "I was nearly dead... I had...

Bakersfield Sound Pioneer Red Simpson Dies

Simpson, 81, passed away at a hospital in Bakersfield, California, weeks after suffering a heart attack while on tour in December (15). Born Joseph Simpson in Arizona, his family moved to Bakersfield...

Merle Haggard: 'I Almost Died'

The singer, 78, was forced to scrap a number of shows earlier this month (Dec15), after he was admitted to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, where he stayed for two...

Merle Haggard Hospitalised With Pneumonia

The country star's illness prompted him to axe plans to perform at the MCCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on Wednesday (02Dec15), and in Riverside on Thursday (03Dec15), and now he has also pulled...

Willie Nelson Recovering From Stem Cell Operation

The country music veteran announced last week (ends15Nov15) he was having to push back the first dates of his joint trek with Merle Haggard due to a mystery health problem. Nelson's musician...

Willie Nelson's Son Insists Star's Health Issue Is 'Minor'

The country music veteran announced on Wednesday (14Oct15) he was having to push back the first dates of his joint trek with Merle Haggard due to a mystery health problem, sparking fears for...

Willie Nelson Postpones First Tour Dates Due To Medical Issue

The veteran country singers were slated to kick off their Django and Jimmie Tour in Florence, South Carolina on Thursday (15Oct15), but that gig and others have been rescheduled. The South Carolina...

Songwriter Red Lane Dies

The star passed away on Wednesday evening (01Jul15), aged 76. Born Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter, he served in the U.S. Air Force before deciding to pursue a career in music. He performed...

Country Fiddler Johnny Gimble Dies

The fiddler passed away at his home near Austin, Texas on Saturday (09May15) after suffering several strokes over the last two years. Gimble got his big break playing with Bob Wills' band...

Merle Haggard Finally Receives High School Diploma

The Mr. Tambourine Man singer attended California's Bakersfield High School for less than two weeks in the early 1950s, habitually missing classes and scoring an unimpressive academic record. But thanks to...

Bob Dylan Clarifies Merle Haggard Remarks

Bob Dylan is adamant he has no hard feelings towards Merle Haggard despite his controversial comments at a pre-Grammy Awards tribute.The folk rock icon was honoured as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year at...

Merle Haggard Hits Back At Bob Dylan Criticism

Merle Haggard has fired back at Bob Dylan after the folk rock icon called out the country veteran at a pre-Grammy Awards tribute for failing to support his music early on in his career.The Mr....

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