Goodbye, Merle Haggard
(April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016)
Country music icon Merle Haggard passed away today on his 79th birthday. He had been battling illnesses for quite some time, and cancelled several concerts recently due to bouts with pneumonia. I was going to see Haggard several years ago in Gatlinburg during a Duke of Hazzard fan festival, but he was forced to cancel that performance as well due to health issues. His brand of classic outlaw country will be sorely missed.
This is a reminder to enjoy our legends while they are still with us, and to take advantage of the opportunities you have to see them perform.