Various Artists – Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard (Live) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:42:30 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Country
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Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in honor of what would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing.

This one-night-only concert event taping brought together fans, friends, and music icons to honor the life and songs of music legend Merle Haggard. Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard featured performances by Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Alabama, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Miller, Jake Owen, Chris Janson, Aaron Lewis, John Anderson, Bobby Bare, Tanya Tucker, Connie Smith, Ben Haggard.

In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Merle Haggard racked up an astounding 38 number one country hits and every major award imaginable. Songs like “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike, and as we approach what would have been a major milestone, the time has come to celebrate his truly remarkable career. He was an iconoclast who refused to bend to country music convention and helped create the indelible Bakersfield sound. He gave voice to outlaws and outsiders in a way that few, if any, have ever equaled.

Country singer Merle Haggard was born and died on the same day: 6 April. It’s convenient, as it means we can commemorate his birth (in 1937) and his passing (in 2016) at the same time. Which is exactly what an impressive assembly of musicians came together to do in 2017, on the stage of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. To name but a few: Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Alabama, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Miller, Bobby Bare, Tanya Tucker and Ben Haggard, his son. As we can see, this representative sample ranges from purely country musicians to other very rock’n’roll (Keith Richards) via the midpoint of country-rock and Southern rock. This panoramic panel illustrates the importance of Merle Haggard to the United States: a unifying musician, a blue-collar man of the people, but enough of an outlaw and a beast of the borderline to fascinate the rock world, as well as being a tough guy with a tender heart. The 29 songs on this album respect the spirit of the original versions and of country at its best: the story-telling, the emotion and a certain musical simplicity all make themselves felt. It’s a festival of big sentimental cowboys, chiselled voices and crying steel-guitars. To say nothing of the cowgirls: venerable Loretta Lynn’s version of Today I Started Loving You Again is frankly jaw-dropping. – Stéphane Deschamps

Tracklist:
1. Ben Haggard – What Am I Gonna Do (With The Rest Of My Life) (Live) (04:54)
2. Ben Haggard – Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine (Live) (04:04)
3. Tanya Tucker – The Farmer’s Daughter (Live) (02:55)
4. Bobby Bare – I’m A Lonesome Fugitive (Live) (03:30)
5. Connie Smith – That’s The Way Love Goes (Live) (03:00)
6. John Anderson – Big City (Live) (03:05)
7. Toby Keith – Carolyn/Daddy Frank (Live) (04:10)
8. Buddy Miller – Don’t Give Up On Me (Live) (03:10)
9. Jake Owen – Footlights (Live) (04:26)
10. Lucinda Williams – Going Where The Lonely Go (Live) (03:39)
11. Jamey Johnson – Kern River (Live) (04:46)
12. Alabama – Silver Wings (Live) (01:52)
13. Hank Williams Jr. – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (Live) (02:18)
14. Loretta Lynn – Today I Started Loving You Again (Live) (02:32)
15. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Honky Tonk Night Time Man (Live) (04:18)
16. The Avett Brothers – Mama Tried (Live) (03:02)
17. John Mellencamp – White Line Fever (Live) (04:53)
18. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow Stew (Live) (02:28)
19. Ronnie Dunn – It’s All In The Movies (Live) (03:19)
20. Billy F Gibbons – The Bottle Let Me Down (Live) (02:50)
21. Billy F Gibbons – Workin’ Man Blues (Live) (06:04)
22. Dierks Bentley – If We Make It Through December (Live) (02:35)
23. Sheryl Crow – Natural High (Live) (03:32)
24. Miranda Lambert – Misery And Gin (Live) (03:00)
25. Willie Nelson – Pancho And Lefty (Live) (04:38)
26. Keith Richards – Sing Me Back Home (Live) (05:14)
27. Willie Nelson – Reasons To Quit (Live) (03:45)
28. Willie Nelson – Ramblin’ Fever (Live) (02:57)
29. Dierks Bentley – Okie From Muskogee (Live) (01:35)

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