Grand Ole Opry sets Merle Haggard tribute night for April

Merle Haggard
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Music from Merle Haggard returns next month to the Grand Ole Opry when the long-running Nashville radio program hosts a night in tribute to the late outlaw legend.


Texas hitmaker Cody Johnson, ACM Awards’ reigning New Female Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson lead a lineup to “Opry Salutes Merle Haggard” that includes planned performances from Suzy Bogguss, Joe Nichols, Eli Paperboy Reed and Haggard’s son, Marty Haggard.

This one-night show takes place April 6 at the Grand Ole Opry House, coinciding with the anniversary of Haggard’s birth in 1937 and death in 2016. Tickets are on sale via

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Ticketbuyers can expect to hear cuts from Haggard’s famed songbook, as well as original numbers inspired by his legacy, per a news release.

Those unable to make the show can expect to catch highlights later this spring on “Opry Live,” a broadcast rearing on country lifestyle network Circle. The show airs live via WSM radio at or 650 AM airwaves in Middle Tennessee.

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