Dang Me! Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Trisha Yearwood To Honor Roger Miller At Concert Event

A star-studded concert event “King Of The Road: Celebrating The Music of Roger Miller” will take place on March 22 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The Blackbird Presents concert will feature an all-star lineup of performances by Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Wynonna, Rodney Crowell, Chris Janson, Lee Ann Womack, Larry Gatlin, Cake, The War And Treaty and more to be announced. Buddy Miller will be the musical director of the celebration.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 24 at ticketmaster.com and the Opry House Box Office, and special VIP packages, including premium seats and exclusive concert merchandise, will be available to purchase. Blackbird Presents also continues its tradition of supporting important charities, and will donate a portion of the proceeds to Thistle Farms, the nonprofit based in Nashville dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

“I’m thrilled to see all these great artists coming out to celebrate my ol’ pal Roger Miller. He was certainly one of a kind, his songs will live forever,” said Willie Nelson about Miller’s legacy.

“My father is one of the greatest creative geniuses the world has known. I want everyone to know that and a tribute of this magnitude is a great way to remind people just how incredible he was,” said Dean Miller.

In the late ’50s, Miller had his songs recorded by artists including Ernest Tubb and Faron Young. Miller co-wrote the tune “Tall, Tall Trees” with George Jones; though the song didn’t become a radio hit when Jones released it ahead of his 1958 album Long Live King George, it did become a signature No. 1 for Alan Jackson nearly 40 years later.

Miller’s career as an artist took off in the 1960s, when his self-penned songs such as “Dang Me” and “King of the Road” saw crossover success. In 1964-1965, Miller won 11 Grammy Awards. He issued other hits including “Chug-A-Lug” and “Kansas City Star.” In the 1970s, Miller provided the music for the Walt Disney movie Robin Hood. Later, he also wrote the score for the Broadway musical Big River. Miller died in 1992 at age 56.

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