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Watch George Strait’s Flawless Cover of a Merle Haggard Classic

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Who doesn’t love watching one legend cover another? That’s exactly what happened when George Strait covered Merle Haggard during his performance in New Orleans this past weekend.

During his rare performance, Strait busted out the Hag’s 1982 classic “Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver).” And honestly it’s kind of a bummer.

But hey, that’s par for the course for a lot of old country tunes. Check out the video of Strait’s performance below.

Now, if that kinda brought you down in the dumps, there’s a few things to note. First of all, George Strait is still out and about playing. That’s great news for anybody who thought they missed their shot to see him when he retired a few years back.

Strait closed the “Bayou Country Superfest,” a two-night indoor festival that also featured plenty of other hitmakers. Chris Stapleton, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and more all joined in on the fun.

But Strait really added the gusto. He helped the festival nearly sell out for the first time in awhile, stopping a three-year decline in sales. This year also featured several neo-traditional acts, like Midland and Kacey Musgraves.

And perhaps the best news of all, is that Merle Haggard’s classic tune came out more than 35 years ago. And if you ask those in New Orleans who saw the show, the good times definitely keep rolling on.

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Watch George Strait’s Flawless Cover of a Merle Haggard Classic