Toby Keith’s Emotional Tribute to Merle Haggard

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Earlier this year, the world lost a very special artist.  Merle Haggard was known as 'The Poet of the Common Man,' and his passing touched the hearts of country fans everywhere.  

One artist who always cited Haggard as an inspiration is country star Toby Keith, who took an opportunity to perform a very moving tribute to the late artist.  The two had a very special friendship, and had in fact performed together during Haggard’s last performance.  

At this event, Toby was introduced to the crowd at the American Country Countdown Awards show by actor Matthew McConaughey, and began his set with the classic, “Mama Tried.”  Merle’s son, Ben, joined Toby Keith on stage during the performance.

Toby and Ben made their performance a salute to Merle Haggard and to the amazingly full life that he led.  In fact, his wife, Theresa, even got up to dance during the seven-song set.

We already miss this country legend, but it warms our hearts to see his memory living through the fans and performers that he has inspired.

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