It was almost 46 years ago when Merle Haggard  released his first album, “Strangers” on Capitol Records. And now, Haggard, 76 studio albums, 73 years, 48 compilation albums, 38 #1 singles, and who-knows-how-many live performances later, will make his Louisville-area return Friday, March 4th at Horseshoe Casino. Joining Haggard, will be another country music great - and former Highwaymen - Kris Kristofferson . You should probably expect a few duets between the two at some point during the night.
Now when you talk about Merle Haggard, you almost have to note the word legend somewhere in the conversation, considering his countless accolades, infamies and how he essentially initiated the whole outlaw country movement of music back in the late 60’s and 70’s. So that being said, this country music legend, and former San Quentin inmate, will roll into town for yet another shindig, but this time an acoustic one.
So, for those of you who got your tickets before they sold out, knock the dust off your boots, put on as much leather as you own, break out those jeans with holes in them, grease your hair a little, don't worry about shaving, and just cut loose. Once you get to Horseshoe, make a pit-stop at Legends bar, hit up a bottle of whiskey, crack open a few burley-pops, smoke your favorite smoke, and work on achieving an authenticity for the night, because Merle and Kris are gonna treat you to some of the greatest outlaw country music that those very substances influenced the creation of.
Friday, March 4th
The Showroom at Horseshoe Casino
** Jason Ashcraft is a freelance music writer who focuses on Kentucky's original music scene. Visit his blog at www.TheScuttlebuttHour.com