Merle Haggard Tribute

Apr 22nd 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Merle Haggard Tribute

Join us for a look at another great songwriter. Well-known Edmonton group, The Prairie Cats Band features Peter Pirquet, Jim Hepler, Lloyd Litke and Bruce Ball, whose musical careers have each been influenced by Merle's music. 

The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. 

Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs. The lyrics are deceptively simple, the music exceptionally listenable.  But Haggard’s real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar.

His wife Theresa has this posted on his website:

Merle Haggard– April 6, 1937 to April 6, 2016

My Merle passed away this morning peacefully surrounded by his loved ones after a long hard battle with his health.

Today April 6, 2016, which was his 79th birthday. He left to go to a much better place.

He was the best singer, songwriter and performer I’ve ever seen.  Not only did he write the songs he sang, he was the music.

I will miss him forever.