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Keith Richards Joins All-star Merle Haggard Tribute Gig Line-up

The guitarist will put his cowboy hat on for the evening when he teams up with Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, ZZ Top's Billy...

Willie Nelson Records Merle Haggard Cover Album

The Always On My Mind singer frequently hit the studio and the road with his fellow stalwart, and now Willie has celebrated Merle's memory by performing a number of covers for a new...

Bob Dylan Feels 'Lonesome' After Deaths Of Greats

Bob Dylan has been feeling lonely after the deaths of many of his friends like Muhammad Ali and Leonard Cohen in the past year.The 75-year-old music legend was close to the heavyweight great Ali, fellow...

Bob Dylan Feeling 'Lonesome' After Deaths Of Legends

The 75-year-old music icon was close to stars including Muhammad Ali, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Merle Haggard, all of whom passed away last year (16). In a rare interview with author...

Toby Keith And Alabama Join Merle Haggard Tribute Line-up

The legendary country rocker died on his 79th birthday last April (16), and in February (17), his son Ben announced plans for an all-star gig to mark the first anniversary of Merle's death....

Miranda Lambert Leads Merle Haggard Tribute Show

The veteran country rocker died on his 79th birthday last April (16), and now his son Ben has announced plans for a special send off to honour Merle's memory on the first anniversary...

The Strangers' Don Markham Dies

The multi-instrumentalist passed away on Friday (24Feb17) in Oildale, California. The musician began his career playing jazz and pop, before the Bakersfield sound movement in the mid-1950s put a spotlight on his...

Alison Krauss Set To Release First Album In 17 Years

Alison Krauss is set to release her first album in 17 years.The 45-year-old singer - who has amassed an impressive 27 Grammy Awards across her career - will release 'Windy City' in March as well...

Shania Twain To Make History As 2016 Cmt Artist Of A Lifetime Recipient

The singer will follow in the footsteps of country music icons like Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard when she collects her latest trophy at the seventh annual CMT Artists of the Year celebration...

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...

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