Three of country music’s most iconic artists teamed up for a previously unreleased cover of a Roger Miller classic and the result is something truly special.
“Old Friends” is one of the last recordings from Merle Haggard before his death on April 3, 2016. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson trade off vocals with the Hag on this new version of the haunting track which takes on new meaning. Miller appeared on the country charts for the final time with his 1982 version of “Old Friends” that featured Nelson and Ray Price.
Although Roger Miller passed away in 1992, his music has gone on to influence an entire new crop of country artists. Still, there is something magical about hearing three fellow country legends honor their late friend in the best way they know how – through song.
“Old Friends” is featured on King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller, a collection of reimagined versions of Miller’s biggest hits. Other artists who contributed to the project, due out on Aug. 31, include Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter and Jamey Johnson.