In celebration of the life of the late Merle Haggard, who passed away this week on his 79th birthday, Willie Nelson’s exclusive SiriusXM channel Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) will officially be re-named Merle’s Roadhouse for a weekend-long tribute to his close friend and the “Poet of the Common Man.”

We’ve been honoring the legend since news of his death surfaced with a 12-hour marathon broadcast of Haggard music as well as call-in tributes from his fans and friends.

The live tribute also featured a long list of artists, friends and fans sharing memories of Haggard, including George Strait, Reba, Vince Gill, Bobby Bare, Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, T.G. Sheppard, T Graham Brown, Johnny Bush, Jeannie Seely, Rhonda Vincent, Ray Benson, Peter Wolf, Darryl Worley actor W. Earl Brown and Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry & Jeff Cook of Alabama, Joe Bonsai of the Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Rex Allen Jr., Leroy Van Dyke, Teea Goans and more.

 

FRIDAY, April 8

7-9 pm ET: “Feelin’ Haggard” special hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

9-11 pm ET: Friday Night Opry tribute to Merle Haggard

11 pm-Midnight ET: Bill Anderson  “Visits With the Legends” with Merle Haggard

SATURDAY, April 9

9-11 am ET: “Feelin’ Haggard” special hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

11 am ET: “Django & Jimmie” album special with Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

Noon-3 pm ET: Paula Nelson & Dallas Wayne’s Merle-a-thon broadcast

8-9 pm ET: Bill Anderson “Visits With the Legends” with Merle Haggard

9 pm-Midnight ET: Grand Ole Opry tribute to Merle Haggard

SUNDAY, April 10

9-10 am ET: Bill Anderson “Visits With The Legends” with Merle Haggard

2-4 pm ET: “Feelin’ Haggard” special hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

4-5 pm ET: Bill Anderson “Visits With the Legends” with Merle Haggard

5-6 pm ET: “Django & Jimmie” album special with Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

6-9 pm ET: Paula Nelson & Dallas Wayne’s Merle-a-thon broadcast with special guests.

9-11 pm ET: Friday Night Opry tribute to Merle Haggard (Replay).

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