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02 May 2016
Toby Delivers a Heartwarming Tribute to Merle Haggard

Toby Keith closed out the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards with a tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard, who passed away April 6 on his 79th birthday.

Toby was backed up by Merle’s band The Strangers, which included Merle’s son Ben Haggard. At times, Toby sounded eerily like Merle as he performed a medley of the legend’s hits “Mama Tried,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Silver Wings,” “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.”

Matthew McConaughey introduced the heartwarming tribute to the legend saying, “Merle forever changed the course of country music.”

Click here to view Toby's entire performance and read the article by Hunter Kelly on  Rare Country. 

 

 

 

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