Of all the country music stars alive today, not many have lived more of a rock and roll life than Merle Haggard. In fact, Merle could give most of the rock stars living today a run for their money.
“He’ll tell you he’s a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion,” Producer Don Was (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt) told Newsweek in 1996. “And I don’t know anyone who embodies it better. Every aspect of his life is a refusal to submit.”
That “refusal to submit,” as Was put it, is probably what landed Haggard in San Quentin State Prison more than once when he was a young man. It is also the same rebel spirit that has made Haggard a living legend today.
He has over 40 #1 hits in a career that has spanned nearly 50 years, and the 73-year-old performer is coming to Fayetteville for a show at the Walton Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. If you are a fan, I suggest you get them early on Friday. My guess is that the show will sell out quickly.
Update: I must be psychic or something. The show is indeed sold out.
Date: Nov. 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Walton Arts Center
Tickets: Tickets range from $40.50-$80.50, on sale Friday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. at waltonartscenter.org.