Merle Haggard is an America country western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and multi-instrumentalist. Together with Buck Owens, they form the band The Strangers, who helped to develop the twangy style of music combining Fender Telecaster and country steel guitar with a new vocal harmony style known as the Bakersfield sound. Merle Haggard has aligned himself with the growing outlaw country movement in the 1970s which contributed to his success in later years. Merle Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997. Merle Haggard grew up in Bakersfield, California, where he learned to play guitar at the age of 12. His first musical appearance on television was in 1956 on Chuck Wagon. While Merle Haggard was in and out on jail in his younger days, we produced his first song in his iconic Bakersfield style, “Skid Row” in 1962. In 1965, Merle Haggard released a top ten bestselling record, “(My Friend Are Gonna Be) Strangers” with Liz Anderson which launched his career. Merle Haggard’s first number one song, “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” was recorded in 1966, another song written by Liz Anderson, which is still one of his most popular songs.
Merle Haggard released the album Branded Man in 1966, which was highly successful. Merle Haggard’s success had attracted the attention of artists outside of the country music scene, including Dean Martin, with whom he recorded “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am”, which would become the title track for Merle Haggard’s 1969 album. The Gram Parsons incarnation of the Byrds had performed “Sing Me Back Home” on the Grand Ole Opry and also recorded Merle Haggard’s “Life in Prison” for their album Sweetheart of the Rodeo in 1969. Through the course of his career, Merle Haggard has collaborated with numerous artists in a wide variety of different music genres. Merle Haggard was honored as the BMI Icon at the 54th annual Pop Awards in 2006 and has earned 48 BMI Country Awards, 9 BMI Pop Awards, one BMI R&B Award, and 16 BMI “Million-Air” Awards from a catalog of songs which adds up to over 25 million performances. Don’t miss your chance to get tickets to the next Merle Haggard concert. Score big with TicketCity - your place to go for Merle Haggard Tickets.
Merle Haggard Tour – 2015
In 2015, Merle Haggard performed in theaters, casinos, and at country music festivals across the U.S. during Merle Haggard’s performances in 2015, he performed songs spanning his entire musical career, including “(My Friend Are Gonna Be) Strangers”, “I’m a Lovesome Fugitive”, a handful of cover songs as well as songs he had written in the 2000s. Merle Haggard performances are characteristic of his iconic Bakersfield sound with twangy guitars and country western vocal harmonies.