Merle Haggard’s Sons Honor His Legacy With Live Tribute [Watch]
Merle Haggard’s legacy lives on. When the country music legend passed away on April 6, 2016, his three sons, Marty, Noel and Ben — who are all country singers — wasted no time picking up their father’s musical torch.
Haggard’s sons have made a point to pay homage to their father and his music by performing his songs on several occasions, whether it’s in pairs, as a trio or at their individual shows.
Ben and Noel have been working together the most often, usually taking the stage with the Strangers, Merle’s famous backing band. Most recently, they gave a show on March 25 in Indiana and delivered another memorable gig that would make Dad proud.
Part of the performance was captured via Facebook by Chad Bushnell, who posted a video clip of Merle’s sons as they played their father’s 1978 single “It’s Been a Great Afternoon.”
The band doesn’t focus on flash, just toe tapping and proper instrumentation as Ben takes on the tall order of guitarist and lead singer, sounding eerily similar to his father. Noel assists on guitar and backup vocals, creating another family tribute to one of the greatest country artists of all time.
“It’s Been a Great Afternoon” hit No. 1 in Canada and peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. charts when it was released as the second single from Haggard’s I’m Always on a Mountain When I Fall album in 1978.
Haggard’s life and legacy will be the subject of an all-star tribute concert titled Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, which will take place on April 6 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The date would have been Haggard’s 80th birthday, and it also marks the one-year anniversary of his death.
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