Merle Haggard,  the poet laureate of the honky-tonk set, will perform at Memorial Hall Saturday.
Merle Haggard, the poet laureate of the honky-tonk set, will perform at Memorial Hall Saturday. MYRIAM SANTOS
Merle Haggard, the poet laureate of the honky-tonk set, will perform at Memorial Hall Saturday. MYRIAM SANTOS
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Merle Haggard: The face of country

August 21, 2014 08:00 PM

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David Menconi
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