Country fans will get a tribute performance to Merle Haggard at this summer’s Dauphin’s Countryfest.
The late Haggard, who passed away on April 6 on his 79th birthday, will be honoured by his sons Ben Haggard and Noel Haggard, along with his longtime band, The Strangers, on July 3.
“You cannot replace an icon like Merle Haggard,” said Countryfest promoter Rob Waloschuk. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to the life of this prolific singer/songwriter than to have his family and friends perform a tribute concert.”
Country music legend Merle Haggard is slated to appear at Dauphin’s Countryfest this summer.
The three-time Grammy winner is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. It will be his first appearance at the Manitoba country music festival.
“Dauphin’s Countryfest can’t wait to bring the ‘Okie From Muskogee’ to our festival for the first time in our 27 years. This 78-year-old country music icon is sure to deliver a unique performance like only ‘The Hag’ can,” said Eric Irwin, the festival’s president.