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  • Michael Peterson | May 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Merle I am definitely one of your biggest fans from Bakersfield. A friend of mine, Randy Tune went to High School with Marty and I met Marty when I dropped Randy off at your home (Hag’s Place) to spend the night. I was wondering what Marty is doing now! When will you be back in San Luis Obispo area? Stay healthy my friend!

  • Becky Rees | May 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Just got my very first HAG tickets……I am stoked beyond words…….can not wait……………..

  • Sam Autio | May 7, 2015 at 2:17 am

    G’day Merle, I heard you first in the 70s as my father was a big fan of yours. I revisited your music years later as an adult, and fell in love with it. Like a lot of Australian Aborigines I’ve done it tough. You’re songs for the outcasts we can understand. You have a large following amongst us. My kids in their 20s love your music too. Thanks for the many years of entertainment.

  • Brenda Hook | May 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    love your music will you ever play at the Grand Ole Opry would love to see you in person

  • Samantha Wilkinson | May 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Dear Merle, My husband Dave and had the privilege of seeing your concert Saturday night May 2nd at the Star of the Desert Arena in Nevada. The show was outstanding and was good the hear the music. We were disappointed though that you did not have any T-shirts available for sale at the show. More fans in the family to buy for so thought we would check out the website. Again, disappointed that the site is not available. Would love to get a heads up on when merchandise would be available. Thank you and keep making great music!

  • Ronni Holzhauer | May 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Merle,

    Your Milwaukee fans miss you. When are you coming back? I’ve been checking your tour dates, and have the word out that I need to be notified if you’re coming to Potawatomi again, but so far no news. Listening to your music as I type this, but it’s not the same as seeing you on stage.

  • Paulette Cox | May 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Merle, I am so excited, that I will be seeing you at Renfro Valley Ky in August. this will be my first time to see you in person, I am 53 years old and was raised on country music, I have just lost my day 3 weeks ago and you and George was his favorites, I have the love of country music from the roots of my raising. I do hope to hear Farmers Daughter and Kern River….

  • Corey | May 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations on the New C.D. im a true fan

  • Dan Gray | May 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Fox Theatre Redwood City last night…..I was there. Super good show. His son’s are top shelf entertainers/musicians. The entire show was excellent.
    The members of the band ( The Strangers ) all play dynamite and all smile because they are having a good time doing what they do. It was a happy experience with historic songs coming straight from the writer/singer/player.

    Nobody over plays. A most tasteful band.

  • Dottie Reams | Apr 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Merle, the Strangers and Family…..
    I just saw your Concert at the Golden State Theater in Monterey, CA. The is the first time I saw you and WOW – AMAZING! There are no words to describe my feelings of having to be able to see you in my lifetime! A definite bucket list item for sure! I became a FAN in the late 60’s and still crave to hear your songs, old and new. You definitely left an impression on me, as I have always wanted to see you. Your songs, voice and music are truly unmatched! You sounded the same as if you were 40. Your performance was #1 and the event was so well organized. The sound system was perfectly set so that I could hear you croon, which is my favorite part of your voice. You really out did yourself, Merle. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to see you! Keep on warmin’ hearts of your FANS! There will never be another MERLE! I wish you, your band and family the best – always. Here in Monterey we call you “Merle the Pearl”. You sure do stand up to that name. Take care ……..

  • Steve Killeen | Apr 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Merle,
    Thank you for great passion for making such great country music and touring to share with your fans. I have been a big fan for decades. My father Edward L Killeen a Pearl Harbor Survivor US Marine detachment USS TENN in the crows nest at the time of the attack Dec 7th 1941, then battle of the Coral Sea, Saipan, combat wounded-purple heart, then Iwo Jima. You accepted the 8×10 pictorial of my fathers battles he fought, you signed my new straw hat, June 2014 at the Mtn. Winery, Saratoga, CA. I Thank you so much for that, dad passed away two months later at 93, and buried at Sacramento Valley Military Cemetery. You and my father are my two heroes, you both inspired me during tough times and to work hard. Your a great American Icon that makes up the fiber of our great country, red white and blue forever, and God Bless you Merle.

  • Glenda Evans | Apr 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Would you ever consider doing a show in Australia?

  • Karen Lee Palomo | Apr 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Merle, saw you in Bakersfield 4-25. your guitar playing still gives me chills.

  • Rusty Justice | Apr 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I just saw Merle & The Stranger sat the Fox Theater in Bakersfield for the 20th time on Apr. 25, 2015. One of the best concerts I’ve seen. Merle played a lot of songs I haven’t
    heard him play during a concert. It was special treat. I enjoyed hearing songs that weren’t necessarily the biggest hits. Any song Merle sings is a gem. Looking forward to the next concert in B-town. I’ll be there for sure. Thanks Merle for the memories.

  • Mike Gorrono | Apr 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Baseball, Harley Davidson, and Merle haggard! there are only a few things left in America that “remain” true. I’m proud to say I come from “Okie” stock, they’re good people! I met you through my artwork when I was 28 and today I’m 60. I’ve sang your songs, gotten drunk to them, and cried listening to them. They say a great songwriter ‘paints” a picture with his lyrics and words like: “Canvas-covered-Cabin” and “You can find me, in a dim lighted barroom” certainly evoke the emotions that tie the listener to each of your songs. Thank you for not letting your “Hat hang on the same nail too long”…..and for bringing America along with you!

  • Mark Kendell Deweese | Apr 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Merle I am so glad you are still on the road, and giving people the real deal.
    May God bless you and your band and all your families.

    Mark DeWeese

  • john henry rawlins | Apr 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Hello, me and my wife are from Norfolk England and would just like to say to you Merle, that you have given us so much pleasure with your music over the years and would have love to see you in concert but we have most of your records and music dvds which are such a joy. We have a country /rock n roll bar in our garden and your records are usually what we start off with and end up with and we have photos of you on the wall of the cabin. We just wanted you to know how much pleasure you give us. Thank you very much Merle and take care. John and Deb.

  • Barbara Brown | Apr 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I walked beside you when you were south of Cleveland. You were there with Hank Jr. I still love your music an wish you the best with yours an Wilies new song. God Bless
    Barbara

  • Teresa Blackwell | Apr 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hey Mr. Haggard, My husband Leonard and I have loved you since we were teenagers. He’s a singer and does mainly YOU songs (they are the most requested). We were going back through some of YOUR’E music a couple months ago and heard “I Won’t Give Up My Train” from the Going Where The Lonely Go Album. I can loose myself in that song, in hours of repeats. Thank you for everything you do. Most of for saving my Husband’s life. Long story , short version,…. he was involved in an accident blamed himself and you and you’re music came along and gave him a reason to pull himself up. Love the new YOU and WILLIE song too. Keep on Keepin on………. Theresa you do an amazing job as well…

  • Kellan Arbuckle | Apr 21, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Hi, my name is Kellan and I’m from ireland. I am 14 years old. I came across Merle videos on YouTube. I am a big fan of his music. I started playing guitar 4 years ago and I love merle music. I did a cover of your fugitive and. I’m learning sing me back home. My dad’s favourite song. My parents took me to nashvile 2 years ago it was a dream come true. I hope to get back there but my dream is to meet you and oh my I think about it all the time. I will keep following your music and keep trying to cover it thank you

  • Bob (Abe) Abraham | Apr 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Do you remember Me from Jones Valley Marina. I’m still kicking but now I’m in Oregon. Just wanted let you know we still think of the good times often.

  • Randy E. Morrison | Apr 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Hag I have followed you most of my life, I am 58 grew up on your music, daddy loved you, as I. I have read most of your books, seen you perform 4-times, even opened for you at a fund raiser for your brother-in-law near Melborne AR. Our band was the Crosswinds. I love your voice, always have been blown away at your song writing abilities. I still perform a few times a month, and you will always be my all time favorite singer, writer, etc. I have never written anyone else, I just felt compelled to give you a heads-up. My only regret is not ever saying hello, or shaking your hand (gently). If we don’t meet in this life, perhaps we will in that great mansion. Love ya Hoss, and may God Bless you and your family.

  • DeeDee Conley | Apr 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I can only add to what other people have said, is there any better singer or songwriter than you, I listen to Leonard all the time and I sing with a country band and one of the most requested I get is I threw away the rose. Of course all your songs are great, and I don’t know if you even see any of these comments, I’m sure you have people who do that, but you are the greatest, and I think we should always tell people whether you are a country music star or not just how much we love and appreciate them. I hope you will sing forever.

  • Roy Mitchell Wilkey III | Apr 13, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Mr.Merle Haggard I lost my father last March 30th,2014. He raised me on your music and loved everything you produced. I received many CD’s from him through the years of your music. I praise my dad for introducing me to your music. I am 48 now and became disabled in my back and neck in 1996. I know I am probably not your biggest fan, but I am one of them. He told me while he was alive that you had a home in Batesville,AR. My one wish was to see one of your concerts,but S.S.I. disability doesn’t let me afford only the basics. I just had to tell you how much you changed two lives. I currently live in West Plains,MO and my mother still lives in Salem,AR. If you are ever near here please allow me to meet you. My life long dream will be fulfilled. You have give me and my dad many memories on albumns, 8 tracks,cassettes, CD’s and now YouTube. Thanks for all the memories. Please add me on Facebook. God Bless your life Mr. Haggard.Respectfully. Roy Wilkey III

  • Boxcar Danny | Apr 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Gotta see all my guitar/song writing heroes before one of us is gone. Lookin foward to the show. Just read your book in anticipation. Feel like I ” kinda” know you.
    The real good song/music makers ( such as you ) make life have some sweetness, even when times might not be so sweet. What a blessing in both directions.

  • Marty Box | Apr 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Merle, recently took my wife to the great surf ballroom in clear lake iowa. I dont know how many times I have saw you perform live . Its been several dozen though and we were married in 82 . That year we caught you in Desmoines Iowa at civic center. I was then hooked for life. Our 110 year anniversary we saw and met you in Branson. The great strangers of the past were all there and signed our photos of the band. Bonnie was cordial as usual and you opened 2nd half of show with a song dedicated to me on my 10th sept 11 anniv . It was Ramblin Fever. When you came through our town years later my wife rushed the biggest watermelon in our store over to Norm who was driving the bus at the time. Well Norm talked to us at the recent show at the Surf and I told him about that . He is a super person . A good friend for 50 years is hard to find. And a great steel player even harder. I am grateful to have lived the last 53 years . So I guess I was about 3 when I first heard a Hag tune. The way I am is my personal favorite. My old friend G J tthought highly of that one too. God bless the family and your band members too. Thanks

  • DEBORAH CIESLEWSKI | Apr 9, 2015 at 2:50 am

    DEAR MERLE, MY FAVORITE SONG BY YOU IS SOME DAY WILL LOOK BACK AND SAY IT WAS FUN! MY MOTHER WAS YOUR BIGGEST FAN TILL SHE PASSED. YOU ALSO REMINDED ME OF MY FATHER IN YOUR LOOKS AND MANNERISMS. MY FATHER WAS BLACKIE BALWIN CHEROKEE INDIAN,YOU BOTH HAD THAT SMILE THAT COULD MELT ANYONE. I MISS HIM AND MY MOTHER ALOT BUT WHEN I SEE YOU ITS LIKE IM SEEING MY DAD. YOUR THE BEST IM HAPPY THAT YOU FOUND LASTING LOVE ITS A GOOD THING, WELL YOU ALL TAKE CARE AND I WISH YOU THE BEST IN ANY THING YOU DO. I PLAY THAT SONG CONSTANTLY IT WAS MY DAD’D FAVORITE SONG. AS HE SAID ITS A SONG WITH ALOT OF MEANING THANK YOU

  • william cole grice | Apr 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    You are on my bucket list to meet you . But a Apopka FL country boy will just have to live with it.
    You just turned 78 and in Feb. I turned 77 . Good winds and smooth sailing Keep on ramblin

  • Betty Glover | Mar 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Merle, I have got to be your biggest fan ever. I think the first concert I went to was in Muskogee in 67 or 68. I could not begin to count how many over the years. I have every song you have ever sang. my favorite has got to be Chillfactor. I have tried to get your autograph for so many years. Wish you would do an autograph session at your concert on April 3 at the Grand Casino in Shawnee, ok. Your concerts are awesome. look forward to seeing you on stage. Your music is timeless. Thanks for all the years of great music. radio would not be radio without you.

    • Dell Nichols | Apr 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Dear Merle, I look up to you. You are a man I believe that keep it real and you understand the challenges the average person bogies through.I look up to you because I believe you changed your life around. I love you also because you were friends with my favorite artist, Mr. Johnny Cash. I believe that there’s a little piece of Johnny inside of you. That makes you all the more “Special”. God bless all you put your hands to do. Love and peace to you. Dell Nichols. Come to Charlotte, NC sometimes.

    • Lee J Oeffner | Apr 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      I am an 83 year old Michigan State Police trooper (Retired of course). I listen to your songs by the hour. We are as different as two human beings could be but if I could meet any one person on this planet before I die it would be Merle Haggard, who without a doubt has the most captivating male voice ever. It would be the greatest event ever for me because, in spite of other coments, I am the biggest Merle Haggard fan ever.

  • Ron Crawford | Mar 11, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I caught your show in poplar bluff, mo. I had a sign to show you, but I chickened out at the last minute. My wife got ticked because I didn’t hold up the sign she made for me which read A song with you, A dream come true. I have regretted that to this day. I think if I could have had a couple of beers , I might have done it. I have listened & bought all your songs since 1968. One day maybe i’ll get to meet you if I live long enough& maybe get to sing with you also.
    Thank You,
    Ron Crawford
    Gatewood,mo

  • Dale Rothwell | Mar 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I just want to say thank you for real country music!!!! I mean no disrespect to the so called country artist of today but this is not country music that you merle and so many of the legends of country gave to our parents and they instilled that in us. I caught the best show i ever been to out in Spokane washington it was you and kris Kristofferson thank you for that. The legends are almost gone its so sad the country sound is so different and it will never be the same again. My God that is so sad. I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a cd collection so i will alwsys have that real music but seeing waylen and jessie, george jones, jim reeves,bobby bare,roy clark,johnny and june cash,connie smith,conway twitty and i could keep going and going and going but my god how i would like to see these people just once but was not meant to be. So thanks to merle, Kris, willie, and george straight for keeping on bringing us the music i no you guys are not as young as you were but the show i saw in spokane a few years ago merle you and kris but one hell of a show that i will never forget. I MISS COUNTRY MUSIC PLEASE GOD BRING BACK THAT GREAT SOUND. MUCH LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MERLE THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE YEARS OF GREAT MUSIC!!!!!!

  • arturo schivo | Mar 8, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Dearest Merle, I ‘m only 70th age in my land in Sardinia island in Italy, a two yars ago, before I were goin blind, I pluck up courage and I gone to the hospital to”” clean and change my eyes”,: now, by my news eyes I can read in computer, all about you, your life and your songs, so now, hearing music and reading the lyrics, finally, I can try to sing some your songs, (I finish to sing (joking) wen I married in 1970). So I need to tell you that in the moment I love and try to sing two of your songs: Lonesome fuggitive and sing me back home and I’m sure that who Is so lucked tho hear these songs and to go into them, can belive that the good times are not really over for good. A last thing I want you now is that everytime i hear you singin back home, I need to cry.
    I send you my best regards
    Arturo schivo

  • Carol Wild | Mar 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Hello Merle, We saw you about 20 years ago in Branson, Missouri, and damn if we weren’t fans for life. The way you effortlessly entertain us is amazing- We still listen to you all the time here in Switzerland. Every time we come to the States, we find a new CD of yours. The last trip to Louisiana and Texas we found a live CD, Live at Billy Bob’s. Being from Switzerland, and separate from the rest of Europe, we felt absolutely at home in Texas. My husband heard a quote of yours about the songs of today “Where are the songs (text)” and we heartily agree. We will be fans for life. Thank you for making us so happy (your music has that effect). Love you, Carol & Marcel Wild

  • Gilbert | Mar 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    merle , if I had only one wish in my life it would be to met you in person. I’ve been a fan of yours sense I got your first album “The Strangers” back in 1967. ( my name is gilbert, I live now in gig harbor , Washington.) I’ve had every album sense, but through the years some has been lost, misplaced or stolen. I have your tapes/cds in my car/home and listen to them every day. you are the Artist. gil

  • Hal Wilson | Mar 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Merle,
    I am just about as old as you, so you can tell I have been a long time fan. As I recently came upon an LA Times 2012 article regarding you and President Obama, I would like to briefly comment. Your support of the President and comments regarding the unwarranted and outright hostility to our President was commendable.
    Thank you for being not only a great performer but also a great American. hal wison

  • kayleeanne cook-williams | Mar 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Meral has been my favoriate singer since i was born yu could say since he was my dad’s & my dad use to play the guitar and hw would make me sing with him since he had trouble remembering the words & the family was never going to know that.I think it had more to do with the alcholal but who knows.I have been waiting most of my life to get a chance to see meral in concert my & i were going to go together if we were to get a chance but he has past on now so someday i hope to get a chance to see him for my dad & i. It would mean the world to me if i could finally see him in person but he never comes to upstate new your and i live in sanborn ny.I can travel to go see him its not in the cards so i keep watching is tour dates to see if by chane one of these years if he will make it up to this area so i can finally make along time dream come true.I have never been able to get over my stage freight so they were never able to get me to sing in front of a crowd but them talent swouts tried for half my life to get me to sign my sould to the deveil who knew maybe if i did maybe i could have made my dream to see meral to come true.Well we will see since yes no one is ever getting any younger and some of us like me have woke up one day and to have are lifes as we know it shattered are bodies will never work the way it used to because we suffered so much abuse growing the damage cant be fully fixed but im going to stay postive that someday i will get to see meral in concert & that will make all my dreams finally come true.

  • Rich Banks | Mar 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Dear Merle,

    I caught your show here in Omaha on February 26th! The show was great as always! I have seen you perform many times and have never been to a bad show! Thanks for all the great songs and music you have given us! I never get tired of hearing you sing and play the guitar! Your son is a great guitar player, too! Thanks for all the great music, Merle! God bless!

    Rich Banks

    • RON THERIAULT | Mar 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Was a logger back in early 1970’s and was always alone and sometimes not see a soul till I went back to town, but those nights way back in the middle of nowhere I had a radio and would be able at certain times to pick up this one station who played merle’s songs , he made every evening sound like I was at concert,will love MERLE FOREVER. Made a lonely life come alive every night in that log shack , THANKS MERLE FROM RON.

      • RON THERIAULT | Apr 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

        This planet has 7.2 billion people and out all the singers and I like many.but one has such great voice plus can sing a story better than anyone I know and that’s MERLE .I listen too footlights and if could only fly and their is so much talent in his voice and puts it all out with such ease .If they say god puts certain people on earth for a reason ,MERLE is one ,just love MERLE’S voice .

  • Alice Beems | Mar 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Mr. HAGGARD, i JUST READ ALL THE ACCOLADES IN THE ABOVE, WE ARE ALL SO APPRECIATIVE O THE GIFT YOU HAVE PROVIDED FOR US. YES, YOU TRULY ARE A POET AND YES YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL VOICE. YET , I KNOW YOU ARE A COMMON MAN WHO HAS NOT ALWAYS HAD THE WONDERFUL LIFE THAT YOU HAVE NOW, I THINK IT HAS ALL HELPED YOU TO KEEP IN TOUCH OF SO MANY OF US. I SAW YOU IN KANSAS CITY AND LOVED THE SHOW. EVEN THO I AM A YEAR OLDER THAN YOU I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.i HAVE LISTENED TO YOU FOR YEARS AND YOUR VOICE IS SUCH A GIFT FOR SO MANY. I WISH YOU THE VERY BI IEST IN YOUR LIFE AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ALL THE GIFT THAT YOU HAVE. HOPEFULLY I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN

  • Virginia Lindsey Ikerd | Mar 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    My husband and I are going to board some silver wings from Seattle to OKC to see your show in Shawnee, siince you won’t be making it up to the Pacific Norhtwest this tour and you aren’t getting any younger like the rest of us. We have both wanted to see you in concert and decided to stop making excuses and just take the time off to just do it….It will be worth every penny! I am a Kansas girl and my husband is from MO. We both grew up listening to your music. My father held you, Willie, Waylan and Johnny at such a high regard that I grew up thinking that you men were my family, thus I refer to you as Uncle Merle. I’ll be throwin’ horse shoes over my right shoulder in hopes to meet you in person during our trip. Thanks Uncle Merle for all the pleasure your music has brought to our lives! We cannot wait to see you “live”!

  • Keith Green | Mar 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I have to say I love merle haggard music, but my brother takes it a little further than me. He heard merle was coming to the uptown theatre in kcmo and decided merle tickets were more important than his electric bill. He now has no electricity but does have a smile on his face and a memory to last a lifetime.

  • rick h | Feb 27, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Merle,you and the strangers ,were great last night in Omaha,,thank you for another great show,,iv seen you 7 times now,,and every time im in aw,,of the talent,,and the heart felt songs you sing,and write,,i was glad to have met you and,your wife Theresa,in iowa a few years ago very nice lady , ,im very glad to see ben,playing in your band with you,,he is very great guitair player,,,,i feel like you are truly my friend,we should go fishing,,for some bass,,anyway thanks ,,for the show,,and the drive,,to let us play your music in our band,,,see you,,next show ,,when you get up this way,,,thanks,,,rick

  • Raymond Ferber | Feb 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Merle & all the Strangers . . . .

    Great concert in Omaha, NE tonight. It was great to see you again and enjoyed all your songs. I have been a fan since the 60’s and your music has been a source of inspiration and entertainment over all the years. The best to you, your family, and all the Strangers.

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