One of the most respected singer-songwriters in country music history is teaming up with one of the most promising young artists of this generation. Kris Kristofferson will share the stage with Ben Haggard and the Strangers for two intimate shows in Nashville this May. The concerts are set for May 14th and 15th at the Basement East in Nashville.
Several of the musicians who’ve backed Kristofferson and Merle Haggard over their careers will be on-hand for the special Music City shows, including pedal steel player Norman Hamlet, who spent over 40 years as Merle Haggard’s band leader.
Kristofferson and Ben Haggard have plans to embark on a tour together later this year. But these smaller club appearances aren’t ones to miss.
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Ben Haggard has been blazing a path to country stardom for the past decade. He got his start playing guitar for his father, Merle Haggard, as a member of his band the Strangers. He signed a songwriting deal with BMI in 2016. Last year he announced that he had plans to make a solo album with Sturgill Simpson as producer. Since his father’s death in 2016, Ben has carried on his legacy by leading Haggard’s legendary band the Strangers.
This isn’t the first time Kristofferson and Ben Haggard have collaborated. The pair did several shows together, along with Ben’s brother and fellow musician, Noel Haggard, shortly after Merle Haggard’s death in 2016.
Tickets for the Nashville shows will go on sale Thursday, March 8th at 11 a.m./ CT.