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  • rosemary | May 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Merle!! You are my boyfriend and i’s favorite country singer. My boyfriend sings your songs at karaoke, he is known as the “voice” Very natural country tone and sounds a lot like you. Our favorite song is Holding things together, we may never meet you in person, but we love you!!!!

  • lorraine | May 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Merle’you are the greatest singer ever! You always will be number one,no matter who comes along you are the greatest.But gene watson is number two.you both are great!

  • pauline | May 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Hey merle you should come to cincinnati ,Ohio, my mother and myself love your music, Keep Kickin

  • Becky Cumins | May 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Dear Merle;

    I’m finally having a dream of mine come true as of tomorrow, May 29th! I am getting to see the man who had a big help in saving my life back in 1991-92. I was a drug user who had lost temporary custody of her children; because of my addiction. A year before; I had met a man through my Aunt Nellie named Burl Sutton. Merle, I have to tell ya; next to me…HE IS YOUR GREATEST FAN! He plays guitar & sings just like you!! He was the one who took me in during the bad times I had in the early 90′s, and together, we would listen to you for hours…..everyday! I “knew” who you were as a kid growing up, but the time I was with Burl; I REALLY GOT TO KNOW WHO YOU WERE!! Your music, the words you expressed in all your songs, along with Burl’s help & love; I kicked my drug habit COLD TURKEY!! I fell in love with you both during this time in my life; and my love for you & Burl has NEVER STOPPED!! I got custody of my children 9 months later, and all 4 of them are doing GREAT! My son & his wife are expecting their 1st child at the end of June, and I’m VERY EXCITED to become a Grandmother for the first time!! I will be at your concert in Butte, Mt. I’ll be in the second row sitting on one of the end seats. I’ll have on a light green shirt & pants. I’m a BIG, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN who would LOVE it if you could smile at me, or wink, or even dedicate a song to me! I NEVER would have imagined ever seeing you in person! EVER! But am so very thankful that my dream is finally coming true! I thank GOD, YOU & BURL for saving my life at the lowest it’s ever been. Your music, your words, and just being the person that you are changed my life for the BEST; AND FOR THAT I THANK YOU SIR!! I hope this message reaches you in time for the concert tomorrow in Butte; but if not, I still will totally understand! I’ll love you till God calls me home……Merle, you are a Godsend to me and I would LOVE to hug your neck. Please look for me. I’ll be the one with the twinkle in her eye, and the BIG smile on my face listening as you sing to me! LOL. God Bless you Mr. Haggard, and THANK YOU for helping me save my life!! With heartfelt sincerity; Ms. Becky Cumins your #1 fan! ?

  • Joan | May 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Hi. I saw you on Memorial Day on TV. I think I know what your last song (or songs) needs to be. You need to glorify Jesus before you die. God is being gracious to you while he waits for you to come to Him through the cross of Jesus Christ. It was his blood shed at calvary that paid for the sins of all who believe. Jesus is our sure way to receive forgiveness for what we have done, and have an entrance into heaven when we die. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
    A friend, Joan

  • danielle mills | May 28, 2012 at 5:48 am

    We wish you were coming to Florida (Orlando area) during your tour. You truly are the most influential, iconic, talented country music artist! We love you! Good luck on your tour, hope to see you soon.

  • Donna Lucas | May 28, 2012 at 4:29 am

    5/26 Went to another AWESOME show. We drove to Wendover, NV or as Hag say Bendover, NV. Thanks for still performing you are a great artist and we all just love ya. Just wanted to let you know that I loved your concert with Chris in SLC hopefully you will consider doing that one again.
    We love you and the many memories that you bring to us.
    We will ALWAYS come see you !

    Bill and Donna Lucas
    South Jordan, Utah

  • Jeremy Daley | May 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Hey Merle we’ve (my Dad and I) have been listening to your music as long as i can remember. We used to listen to the song “If we make it thru December” in the times my folks were out of work and it meant alot back then, being a kid, knowing that we were not alone. Your music was with us in the car, the house, the relatives house and every family get together. Thanks for telling it like it is your the best …..My dad and I are going to try and make one of your shows this year —

  • JAMES E. CODY | May 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME TO SEE YOU ON THE STAGE… I SAW YOU LAST NIGHT ON THE STAGE OF THE TEXAS STATION… I ENJOYED YOUR SHOW, AND EVERY SONG YOU SING….. I AM FROM THE BAKERSFIELD AREA MYSELF… I CAME FROM TEXAS TO THE RIO BRAVO OIL FIELDS IN 1941…. I AM A GOOD FRIEND OF DALE SCALES… HE LATER BOUGHT YOUR HOUSE IN THE BAKERSFIELD AREA….. 5/25/12

  • Cheryl Harwell Bailey | May 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

    We are a long way from “Bakersfield” my old friend. We have been praying for you a long time, but more so lately. We would love to have you come to supper when your close to Cleveland Tn. The “Hound of Heaven” wouldn’t let you go.

  • Doug Clark | May 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Merle, I’m a somewhat misplaced, displaced Central Valley boy from Tulare who recently followed his wife to Montana. I’m coming to see you at the show in Butte in a couple of days. I’m not making any specific requests, just hoping you bring some of that good ‘ole Tulare dust with ya (there must be some Central Valley soil encrusted somewhere on the soles of those boots). That stuff is special, ya know?!

    Anyhow…my grandma, who’s only a few years older than you, grew up a bit ashamed of her Okie heritage as a migratory dust bowl transplant, but you’re songs helped me to appreciate and be proud of that heritage by reminding me of the endurance and fortitude that resulted from that hardscrabble experience. More importantly, you remind all of us that goodness and love give meaning to life and those attributes can persist in and overcome the toughest of circumstances. And in the long run those attributes are what make us truly rich and honorable. For that I commend and thank you.

    BTW…my last concert was Fresno Fair, a couple years ago… we we’re in friendly territory then. This time, in Butte, I’m counting on you to remind these Montanans that there are still a few good things that come out of California! Not that you owe me any favors, but I think that might help me out a bit! ; )

  • mary hartman | May 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    MANY YEARS AGO I HAD THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. MERLE WAS AT A PLACE IN LAS VEGAS AND I GOT TO DANCE WITH HIM. I HAVE WANTED TO SEE HIM ONE MORE TIME EVERY SINCE. MY SON GAVE ME TICKETS TO SEE HIM FOR MOTHERS DAY. SO I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR HIM EVERY NIGHT. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM FRIDAY MAY 25TH TEXAS STATION. KEEP GOING AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

  • Christy Duet | May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Just listened to another Country Great and am amazed how your backup team Bonnie in particular always were so in sinc. Never over shadowing your great voice. Your son Noel sounds so much like you and Ben plays so well. I know your proud. Fans are missing a treat to see the live You Tube of Farmers Daughter & you playing the fiddle, Bonnie as backup. My 17 yr old daughter is such a fan of yours as well.

  • Christy Duet | May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I have always enjoyed your special God given voice. You write from your heart and that is what sets you apart. Farmer’s Daughter ( live with Bonnie), Daddy Frank (with Bonnie), Sing me back home, Silver Wings I love them all. I play every day the video of you and Bonnie : “Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens-Slowly But Surely” in the very early days touches my heart and makes me smile. Though it did not work for out for yall it still touches my heart to see her there on stage still performing with you as long as she could. Takes a special lady to do that.. Your music will endure for generations to come. Thanks to your sons for their talents too. Watched yall in Phoenix last yr. Please come back again. As a paying fan thank you for keeping the songs original as they were made famous, some performers don’t. God gave you a talent of the Century!!! Watch you play fiddle Farmers Daughter so awesome

  • Kathie Fox | May 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Merle,
    You will be coming our way on June 22nd @ the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Ok. Can’t wait to see your show again.
    Merle, I’ve been listening to your music since I was a freshman in high school. I’m 59 now. Your music never gets old! I never tire of listening to your music. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I relate so well to “The Way I Am,” “Mama Tried” is such a favorite too.My brother and I used to sing that to our Mother! She enjoyed listening to us.
    Take care and stay well. Hope you do a meet and greet at Choctaw. Would love to meet you.
    Kathie Fox
    Denison, Texas

  • Cheryl Duchene | May 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    woops…it was 1982…

  • Cheryl Duchene | May 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    It was Aug 13 1983.. my 25th birthday at park central in dallas texas..got kicked out of outside concert because we (10) had general admission tickets and i wanted to see the “pearl..the Hag” and i kept getting caught appaently not so much sneaking up to the stage….last year on my birthday you were supposed to be at billy bobs in ft worth but show was cancelled due to illness .. now 30 yrs later i look forward to seeing you at billy bobs .. please sing Silver Wings get well..stay well..i love you

  • john | May 20, 2012 at 5:10 am

    With respect i say Mr. Hagard I have seen 23 of your shows in hopes of getting a hand shake never got the hand shake but enjoyed the shows . I grew up listening to your songs with my grandfather times I would not tade for gold . Your songs are true for I have lived some of them .well know that your are touring there will be three of us look to get a hand shake me and my two sons. .
    Three generations of hagard fans god bless you.

  • Sharon | May 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    merle what a great man you are.The music you sing makes my nights go by fast I drive truck so good music and a good cup of coffee are worth the night driving.I have been listening to your music for as long as I can remember I have almost every cd you have out there.I love the song cabin in the hills.I sure hope I get to meet you.

  • djhtex | May 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Don’t get me wrong. Hag is the man but it would be nice to see pictures and bios of the band members.

  • glenda | May 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Looks like i will get to see you in Portsmouth Va this summer!! Hoping to get some good seats. First time I saw you was at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg Va back in 84 when i was a youngin in the Navy. The sun was brite for you and your little dog was cute.

  • Chad | May 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you Merle
    For continuing to be a voice for the working class. I love your song America First. Nothing could be more true. we need to rebuild the USA first. Keep up the work.
    and thanks again your songs bring hope

  • Corey | May 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Hey Merle I Hope Your Doing Well, You are the Greatest, “Hope the band & Theresa & your sons & Doughters are doing Fantastic to as well,

  • Linda Monts | May 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I am so excited to learn that you will be in my part of the country next month. I already have tickets and am looking forward to seeing you at the Perot Theater in Texarkana, Arkansas on June 27th. May even make the Billy Bobs show on the 30th. So glad that you are back on tour which I hope means you are feeling much better. You’re the best!!!

    Linda Monts

  • Eddie Morgan | May 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Merle, I just want to tell you how much your music means to me. I’ve been a big fan of yours since I was a little boy. You still have the greatest sound I ever heard and will always have an appreciation of what your music stands for. You are definitely th”Poet of The Common Man”.

  • Joan Blacquier | May 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    watching the life and times of merle haggard, what an awesome show so sorry i didnt know he had cancer , i will certaintly pray for him every day and night
    saw him in concert once and i can truley say he was the best and i saw a lot of singers. always loved merle ,s singing have a lot of his music
    which him a long healthy life
    god bless

  • wayne payne | May 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    good luck old buddy knock dead. Its nice that you are back on the road again

  • dave conway | May 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    The sound , lyrics and class that you give keeps me playing music. God bless you and your family Keep Ramblin

  • Rose Shebelski | May 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Merle!

    Have checked your tour dates and am rather disappointed that you will be in Alberta, in Lloydminster and you will not be coming to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan TCU Place or the Dakota Dunes Casino. We would love to have you here in our city. Love your music and all that goes with it. A long time fan.

  • mike pritchard | May 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Merle, listen to ur music for 40 plus or minus years. iam not a fan , where I live we are all family an friends, in my eyes weve been family you have blessed me for years , If you ever need a place just to get away an enjoy life for a change and just slow down an set on the porch an laugh just come on by , heck i will tell every body ur my uncle bob an enjoy the real world an get away from crazy people Life is to be enjoyed MIKE

  • Emily Kirk | May 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Whoops! this is Emily Kirk again im actually goin to your show in Grand Ronde on June 1st!!!!! cant wait to see you!! and im listening to your music RIGHT NOW!

  • Emily Kirk | May 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hey there Merle! Im 15 and I live in the tiny town of St. Paul, Oregon (320 people). I LOVE your music!! I was raised on Kern River, Rainbow Stew, and my dad sings Farmers Daughter to me atleast once a month! Your music just NEVER gets old!! Im comin to your concert in Portland and I CANT wait!!! your my HERO and I cant wait to see you in person! Love you Merle!

  • Buford Ray Kennedy | May 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hey Merle I been a fan of tours since my whiskey drinking 20s im now 57 and still enjoy to sing along as i listen to your old white ass Respects to you buford Ray Kennedy

  • Rebecca Buttram | May 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Dear Merle Haggard,
    I just wanted to say that you have been given a great gift from God to be given another chance in life after your illnesses. I am praying that you use all the gifts God gives you for HIS glory. My childhood memories are filled with many of your songs. The Farmer’s Daughter is one of my personal favorites along with Mama’s Hungry Eyes. No one can sing those songs like you. May God continue to give you good health and may you never forget HIS greatness. Love and Prayers, Ken and Becky Buttram, Mason, Ohio

  • Pat | May 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Merle, I saw you in Bakersfield a number of weeks ago at Buck Owens place. Really cool to talk with people in the audience who went to school with you and were your friends back in the Oildale days. I’ve been a big fan forever. You were such a blessing to me, I hope to see you again, Live! Red did a great job warming up the audience for you.

  • Lee Hershberger | May 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I remember as a young Amish boy in Canada in 1970 working in the field and diesel fumes made me sleepy,so I sang all Merle’s songs I knew to stay awake.The Fugitive,Sing Me Back Home,Branded Man,etc.It was hot in the field,but often the song had so much meaning,I’d get goosebumps and a little chill would come.I was very blessed to hear God gets all the Glory for your success and good health.

  • Bill Magister | May 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I forgot to mention in my last reply we have seen you perform in Green Bay,Milwaukee and Rhinelander Wisconsin.
    All were great performances.
    Your up and coming concert in Harris MI on 8/4/12 where we will be attending we would love to meet you and just skake your hand.
    Your the greatest.Take care and best of health to you and your family.
    God Bless,
    Bill & Janet Magister
    Milwaukee,Wisconsin

  • Eric Comeau | May 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Hey Merle i want see u in new-brunswick , Canada

  • Bill Magister | May 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Hi Merle Been a fan since 1982.Looking forward to seeing you in concert on 8/4/12 in Harris Mi.

  • Shane Rossen | May 6, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Hey Merle , My name is Shane Rossen I have been a big fan of your music for years and it has influenced my life and music. I am a Christ follower my self and your latest blog post touched me “Testify”. I say that because my Dad Vern Rossen also a believer in Christ has been fighting cancer and we believe in miracles ! I guess what I am trying to say is thanks for testifying of Gods healing power it gave me hope and strength…..
    I would like to see you in concert some day anyhow Bless you..
    Your Brother In Christ

    Shane Rossen

  • Christy Duet | May 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I heard your songs back in the 70″s & been a fan every since. Know about having only a quarter to your name & an empty belly at 16 yrs old with not a soul to call in this world. I have been able to always relate to his songs. DADDY FRANK & IF WE CAN MAKE IT THRU DEC. & OKIE . I salute you for following your own beat when it riled the Nashville Machine. No one can take your place. Your voice is so detinctive.
    I am parying for you and your family.

  • Susan | May 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am exhausted just reading the tour schedule. But, hope to catch you soon–have been to several concerts in Houston and in N. CA and look forward to the next one.

  • Linda Ritz | May 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Is there a chance of coming to the UK on tour. My boyfriend and I came to watch you in Wendover NV, and I am now living in the UK, I would love to invite my boyfriend over to visit if you are playing here.

  • Lexa Baird | May 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Are you likely to come to Scotland at some time in the future. Love to hear you and Willie Nelson together. Went to see Willie a couple of times when he visited Scotland, he was fantastic. Have a few of your CD’s, fantastic. God Bless xxx

  • Ed & Joy Adams | Apr 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    We are going to the concert at Cheyenne Fronttier Days on July 22nd. Can’t wait! One more item off the old bucket list.

  • Mike McNeely | Apr 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Going to the June 1st show at Spirit Mountain in Oregon. Cant wait to hear Merle sing “Fightin’ Side” and his other classics!!

  • Christina Andrews | Apr 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Thank You Merle for a terrific show in Williamsport,PA on April 18! U, your family & band were awesome! So glad my kids & I got to meet you that afternoon getn on your bus B 4 the show. Hope you took some time to smell the flowers we gave U on stage. Hope U come back 2 PA, only a lil closer 2 Youngwood. Your music is TOPS! Love u Merle! Good health & God Bless!

  • Dudley Melton | Apr 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Seen the hag in lula mississippi.Wonderfully show;if you never seen him do it you want be sorry.

  • Roger Geer | Apr 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I have been a Merle fan from day one. He and I are very close in age. It appears I will never get to see him in person or shake his hand. SO THANKS MERLE for all the great tunes and hours of enjoyment you have given me.
    ROGER

  • Shelley Singleton | Apr 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I’ve seen Merle several times and always a great show but his show in Paducah, KY on Apr 26th was without a doubt the best one yet. What a privilege to spend the evening with such a legend and his talented band!

    • rick sessler | Apr 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      hag! thanks for signing my drumsticks in portsmouth n.h.! i heard it was a little tricky from your son noel. you took the time thats what matters ! thanks again !

      • Angela Purser | Jun 1, 2012 at 2:24 am

        Merle my son Lee just purchased a 3 pack DVD of you in concert for my 66th birthday,the best b’day gift I’ve ever been given.I keep hoping that one day you will come to the Pelham Ampithere or B’ham.I truly don’t see how you keep the pace up that you do.Your music and the guys in your band are simply the greatest.I could sit and listen to your music for days on end.I hope your health is much better now.I know not long ago you were having a real tough time with it.My prayers were answered again God will always bring us through only if we believe.My hat is always off to you keep your great music coming and may God always keep and bless you no matter where your path ways may lead you. Blessings Always Angela Purser

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