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Workin' man tunes: Haggard plays Tuscaloosa

 

Jeff Clark

 

Country music icon Merle Haggard will be bringing his working man blues to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Saturday night. Haggard is touring in support of 2011 album "Working in Tennessee," his second record for Vanguard records. 

 

"Working in Tennessee" contains 11 Haggard-penned songs as well as a cover of a Johnny Cash song and a new recording of his classic "Working Man Blues" with his son, Ben, and special guest Willie Nelson. 

 

He has had 40 number one hit songs including "The Fugitive" and "Sing Me Back Home.'' Haggard has also had several songs that have been top 10 hits on the country charts. He has numerous prestigious music awards, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Music historians have compared Haggard's body of work to that of Hank Williams. 

 

"From prison inmate to country music legend, Merle Haggard is one of the most decorated country songwriters of all time," said WKOR/K94.9 Program Director Chris Stryker. "With tons of hits under his belt, he has been inducted into the country music hall of fame as well as the song writers hall of fame. Thanks to close to 70 albums and over 600 songs, which 250 he wrote himself, over the course of his 50 year career in country music, Merle haggard is a living legend in the world of country music." 

 

Modern outlaw country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson will open the show. Johnson is know for his hit songs "Macon" and "The High Cost of Getting High." Wayne Mills will start the night's show at 6:50 p.m. 

 

For more information or for tickets, contact the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater online at www.tuscaloosaamphitheater.com

 

 

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