Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard honored Merle and his music on what would have been the icon’s 80th birthday. Just as I was elaborating on how many good concerts and old albums are being reissued on vinyl, comes another good one!
Miss Loretta Lyyn has reissues as does others like Mr. Willie Nelson with American Outlaw and more importantly Mr. John Prine. All of these Legends have albums being re issued in 2020 and 2021, which makes me even more glad I began collecting vinyl.
The CD/DVD captures 29 incredible performances including Merle classics “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”, “Misery And Gin” and so much more from Alabama, Ben Haggard, Billy F Gibbons, Bobby Bare, Buddy Miller, Chris Janson, Connie Smith, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson, John Anderson, John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Aaron Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, The Avett Brothers, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, and Willie Nelson.
This concert covered hit songs from an extensive four decade career, beginning from his first hits in the 60’s that Miss Liz Anderson ( mother of Miss Lynn Anderson ) wrote for him. She wrote “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” for him, however she was unaware of his previous prison stretch.
Mr. Merle was never extremely vocal about his prison life, unless it was in a song. In fact, he and Cash both became the brightest beacons of light that ever reached out to any prisoner in history. Mr. Merle proved to the prison community that it was possible to turn your life around, and become a member of society.
Once released from San Quentin prison, he amassed 38 number one hits on the Country charts. He received numerous awards within the CMA and ACM realms, and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1994.
In 1977, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. He was awarded Kennedy Center Honors, and 4 different Grammy awards. So this show is not one to be missed by any Country Music fan here!
Ben Haggard & the Strangers – “What Am I Gonna Do”
Ben Haggard, Aaron Lewis & the Strangers – “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine”
Tanya Tucker & the Strangers – “Farmer’s Daughter”
Bobby Bare & the Strangers – “The Fugitive”
Connie Smith & the Strangers – “That’s the Way Love Goes”
John Anderson & the Strangers – “Big City”
Toby Keith & the Strangers – “Carolyn/Daddy Frank”
Jake Owen and Chris Janson – “Footlights”
Miranda Lambert – “Misery & Gin”
Rodney Crowell – “You Don’t Have Very Far to Go”
Jamey Johnson – “Kern River”
Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss – “If I Could Only Fly”
Alison Krauss – “Sing a Sad Song”
Alabama – “Silver Wings”
Hank Williams Jr. – “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
Loretta Lynn – “Today I Started Loving You”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Honky Tonk Nighttime Man”
The Avett Brothers – “Mama Tried”
John Mellencamp – “White Line Fever”
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow Stew”
Ronnie Dunn – “It’s All in the Movies”
Billy Gibbons – “The Bottle Let Me Down”
Warren Haynes and Billy Gibbons – “Workin’ Man Blues”
Dierks Bentley – “If We Make It Through December”
Lucinda Williams – “Going Where the Lonely Go”
Sheryl Crow – “Natural High”
Keith Richards – “Sing Me Back Home”
Keith Richards and Willie Nelson – “Reasons to Quit”
Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney – “Pancho and Lefty”
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith – “Ramblin’ Fever”
Willie Nelson and cast – “Okie From Muskogee”