When: Mon., Nov. 10, 8 p.m. 2014
The thing about Merle Haggard is the emotional universality of his songbook. For more than 50 years, The Hag has made genre-defining country music that plumbs the depths of the American psyche and has the unique ability to make Northerners feel like Okies and get even the most peaceful among us in touch with our fighting side. From heartache to the righteous fist shake, from serious to silly, he’s a master at being relatable. Boasting 37 number one hits, Haggard has got to be the only dude alive who could build an entire two-hour set list out of chart toppers alone.