Kacey Musgraves has been selected to replace the late Merle Haggard as the headliner for one of Oklahoma’s largest music festivals.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Haggard would be the lead performer for this year’s G Fest in Muskogee, OK. It was a fitting choice, since the country legend’s 1969 hit “Okie From Muskogee” had helped make the rural town internationally known.
Sadly, Haggard passed away on April 6, leaving the festival set for June 16-18 with a gaping hole in its lineup. Earlier this week, it was announced that Musgraves would be performing his Saturday night slot in honor of the influential artist.
“Artists like Merle Haggard are important because they became legends and set trends not by worrying about money and fame but just by being themselves. So it just inspires me even more to uphold what’s important to me as a person and songwriter first and not worry about the rest,” Musgraves explained in a press release.
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Although it hasn’t been confirmed, fans in attendance shouldn’t be surprised to hear Musgraves perform a cover of one or two Haggard hits. Either way, it’s obvious that his spirit will be felt by all those who trek to the town that owes an incredible amount to the late great singer.
If you’d like to experience G Fest for yourself, there are still many ticketing options available for this year’s event. You can find more information at the festival’s official website.