This month marks one year since the world lost Merle Haggard, a colossal figure in country music. His influence has spanned the generations. Count Dale Watson and Ray Benson among those loved his music dearly.
Last year, the iconic Texas artists recorded “Feelin’ Haggard,” a duet about coping with the news of Haggard’s passing. The song appears on their duets album, Dale + Ray.
Watson considers Merle’s music as a chief influence on his sound and style. Benson does too and shared a personal connection to Haggard.
The newly released music video for “Feelin’ Haggard” features a number of other notable country artists who revered Haggard’s music and missing his presence.
Filmed mostly around Austin, Texas, and at tour stops across the country, the video includes appearances from George Strait, Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Steve Earle, Huey Lewis and more.
Each star holds a Haggard record or piece of memorabilia that presumably made an impact on their lives.
You’ll also spot Sam Outlaw and Margo Price, two artists from the new generation who are continuing the legacy of country music set forth by the artists in Haggard’s rare class.
Earlier this month, some of country music’s biggest names gathered at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville to pay tribute to Haggard. Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard spanned more than four hours, with performances by Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards and many more.