Live: Merle Haggard closes out Southern Folklife Collection festivities | Music
Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Live: Merle Haggard closes out Southern Folklife Collection festivities

Posted by on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

On Saturday night, the spotlight rested comfortably on the shoulders of country music legend Merle Haggard as he closed out the Southern Folklife Collection’s 25th anniversary weekend. Haggard and his backing band The Strangers had nearly reached the end of their 90-minute set when their leader stepped out on his own to deliver one of country music’s most introspective numbers, “Footlights.” Haggard stunned a sold-out crowd with his rendition of a song and its weary lyrics that perfectly suited the 77-year-old troubadour's voice.

And that wasn't the first time this happened on Saturday. “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Fugitive,” “Misery and Gin,” all timeless numbers in the Haggard catalog had a special feel to them. The Strangers played a large part in this evening as well: the lead guitar work of Haggard's son Ben was clean and precise, a fitting tribute to the pickers who made the original recordings unforgettable. An added bonus was the great Floyd Domino on stage playing the grand piano provided for opener Tift Merritt’s set. The Strangers provided perfect dynamic accompaniment for Haggard and a set of songs that have evolved musically while still packing the same punch lyrically. It was a memorable performance as the mostly quiet and attentive crowd bore witness to.

Merle Haggard, "Footlights"


Tags: , ,

Pin It

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music



Twitter Activity

Comments

Small crowds like the one in Utrecht The Netherlands where I was with my 7 year young daughter may be …

by George Hendriks on The blues of Randall Bramblett's career-long cult status—and the promise of his new Devil Music (Music)

Wow! I am speechless. Skylar that was amazing! You are very talented. I love your vocal range and passion. Thank …

by Rita Romaine Rakestraw on Video Premiere: Phil Cook and Skylar Gudasz Nod to Alice Gerrard in New Tribute Clips (Music)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

Small crowds like the one in Utrecht The Netherlands where I was with my 7 year young daughter may be …

by George Hendriks on The blues of Randall Bramblett's career-long cult status—and the promise of his new Devil Music (Music)

Wow! I am speechless. Skylar that was amazing! You are very talented. I love your vocal range and passion. Thank …

by Rita Romaine Rakestraw on Video Premiere: Phil Cook and Skylar Gudasz Nod to Alice Gerrard in New Tribute Clips (Music)

Also the "correction" (UPDATE) above is incorrect. The original anticipated release date of the new Bowerbirds album was September 2014. …

by Beth Tacular on Tuskha, the new project of Bowerbirds' Phil Moore, releases new video for "The Program" (Music)

I stand corrected. The solo is Quine's.

by CK1355 on Richard Lloyd Tells a Vision: A Q&A with the Celebrated Guitarist (Music)

Richard Lloyd did play guitar on "Girlfriend," as did Robert Quine. In fact, so did Ivan Julian, and Fred Maher, …

by David Klein on Richard Lloyd Tells a Vision: A Q&A with the Celebrated Guitarist (Music)

© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation