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…More
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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.More