[Updated] Merle Haggard Hospitalized, Two Ryman Shows Postponed

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard

[Updated March 3: Merle Haggard’s upcoming concerts at the Ryman have been postponed to Sept. 27 and 28 due to illnessMarch 8 tickets will be honored on Sept. 27. March 9 tickets will be honored on Sept. 28. If you are unable to attend the new dates, refunds are available at point of purchase. Deadline for refunds is April 8 and 9.]

Merle Haggard has been admitted to a California hospital for treatment of a recurring bout of double pneumonia.

His publicist, in a statement released Tuesday, said Haggard has had to postpone his concert dates in March. Haggard had been slated to play Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on March 8-9.

A March 3 concert date with Marty Stuart in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has been rescheduled for May 10.

The 78-year-old singer cancelled some dates in February because he was still feeling weak from a previous case of pneumonia in both lungs, but returned to the stage last month.

In October 2015, Haggard spoke with MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson for the MusicRow Podcast about country music and memories of his friendship with Johnny Cash.

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