When Merle Haggard passed away earlier this month, it sent shockwaves through the entire country music community. Nearly every artist in the genre came forward with their memories of how his music affected them over the years, and many decided to show their love by covering some of his best known songs.
Chris Stapleton has become known for his stellar covers, including his rendition of “Amanda,” which was originally made famous by both Don Williams and Waylon Jennings. He’s been vocal about his appreciation of classic country artists like Haggard, so it should be no surprise that he decided to pay homage to the singer with a cover of his hit song, “Silver Wings.”
During his April 23 performance at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., he surprised the crowd with a medley of Haggard hits. Joined as always by his equally talented wife Morgane, the pair share harmonies on the track that causes the crowd to erupt with joy. The song’s emotional lyrics, which describe the feeling of loss when someone you love is pulled away, perfectly vocalize the feeling most country fans were left with after Haggard’s passing.