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March 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Country legend Merle Haggard still putting on a great show

Before a raucous crowd that turned the Emerald Queen Casino’s cavernous showroom into a roadhouse Saturday night, country legend Merle Haggard proved that he’s still got something special to offer his fans. Throughout a tight, 80-minute set, Haggard amiably bantered with the vocal peanut gallery and turned back the clock to unleash spirited versions of some…

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February 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Does Merle Haggard still have it? Maybe | Concert preview

(Myriam Santos)

(Myriam Santos)

Merle Haggard, the legendary outlaw country singer, can be forgiven for looking a little older at the Grammys last month.

Appearing on stage with fellow outlaws Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, Haggard offered up a spirited version of “Okie from Muskogee” that showed he still has some charm left as a performer. But it also demonstrated his vocal limitations — Haggard turns 77 in April — and makes you wonder how he would fair in a full-length show.

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