Merle Haggard will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the upcoming 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6 beginning at 8 p.m. live ET on CBS Television Network.
The award will salute Haggard for 50 years in Country music. He was the recipient of the ACM’s first Entertainer of the Year award in 1970. That win also marked the Academy’s first Triple Crown achievement; Haggard had already earned the titles of Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year award (1965) and the first of six Male Vocalist of the Year awards in 1966. Haggard has also received the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and Poet’s award. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift.
Broken Bow Records will release Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard, which features new covers of some of Haggard’s biggest hits. Aldean, Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kristy Lee Cook, Ben Haggard, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Parmalee, Thompson Square and James Wesley are included on the tribute album. The project will release in select stores and digitally on Tuesday, April 1.
WORKING MAN’S POET: A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD
- Misery And Gin (performed by Randy Houser)
- Footlights (performed by Joe Nichols)
- Going Where The Lonely Go (performed by Jason Aldean)
- Today I Started Loving You Again (performed by Kristy Lee Cook)
- Carolyn (performed by Toby Keith)
- Pancho And Lefty (performed by Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley)
- Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (performed by Garth Brooks) *
- You Take Me For Granted (performed by Thompson Square)
- Mama Tried (performed by Ben Haggard)
- That’s The Way Love Goes (performed by Dustin Lynch)
- Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans (performed by Jake Owen)
- I’m A Lonesome Fugitive (performed by James Wesley)
- Workin’ Man Blues (performed by Parmalee)
- Are The Good Times Really Over (performed by Jason Aldean)
- Let’s Chase Each Other Around The Room (performed by Thompson Square)
- I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (performed by Dustin Lynch)
- The Fightin’ Side Of Me (performed by James Wesley)
- My Favorite Memory (performed by Joe Nichols)
- Ramblin’ Fever (performed by Randy Houser)
- Sing Me Back Home (performed by Ben Haggard)
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