News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 28, 2012

Son of Merle Haggard to perform at Boot City Opry


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Scott Haggard’s life and career are tightly woven into the fabric of country music history and lore. He is both legacy and legend with an unmistakable voice and a captivating style.

Haggard, along with The Lonesome Fugitive Band (with member Scott Wikle, who was a resident of Terre Haute for many years), will perform Saturday at the Boot City Opry in Terre Haute.

Haggard has been said to share a haunting resemblance of his father, Merle. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes, conveying the deepest emotion of every lyric. Haggard will present an energetic, traditional country music show in Terre Haute for all Merle Haggard fans.

Hear Haggard perform “Okie From Muskogee,” “Mama Tried,” “Big City” and more of his father’s famous tunes. He will also perform some songs from his new album, including the self-penned “Living In The Shadow Of Merle.”

While still just a teenager, Haggard had a deep interest in music, always playing his guitar and singing. As he grew up, he learned several other instruments including drums, saxophone, and along with his guitar, continued to develop his craft.

For a time Haggard set music aside and began a career as a professional truck driver and worked at raising his family. In 2006, he decided to return to his music. Listening to his father’s music gave him inspiration to write his own songs.

In May of 2008  he won the Horizon Award from the Mobile Alabama Country Music Association. This vote of confidence earned Haggard some important show dates and guest appearances. To date, he has headlined with the likes of Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, Charlie McCoy and other notables in country music. He has also performed at Robert’s Western World, Music City Bar and Grill and The Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tenn.

Haggard has emerged from the significant shadow of his father to create his own artistic identity. He wrote and recorded his own composition “Living In The Shadow Of Merle,” which was released on his debut album, recorded in Nashville in May. Haggard is now on tour throughout the U.S. with his own band, Lonesome Fugitive, in support of the album.

“I love my music and performing. I am working hard to build my career doing it my own way,” Haggard said. “I look forward to the great opportunities ahead of me and traveling around meeting new people and sharing with them my own brand of real country music, carrying on in the family tradition.”

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.