Marty Haggard to pay tribute to his dad at Magnolia Civic Center

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Marty Haggard
January 22nd, 2020     Culture & Entertainment

An evening filled with songs and stories, Marty Haggard’s Tribute to My Dad concert on Friday, April 3, at Magnolia Civic Center, is sure to be a special occasion.

At the center of the show is Marty’s love for the late, great singer who defined the Bakersfield sound of country music. Having left Nashville a long time ago, the son’s love for Merle’s music inspired him. In his father, Haggard sees the greatest singer and songwriter of all time, performing what he views as real country. In 2010 he began performing his father’s tunes in a Branson, Missouri based tribute show that ran for two years before heading out on the road.

“As far as the music goes, there’s just none better,” Marty said, noting he also went on the road with his dad as Merle wrote and recorded, which gave him knowledge.

“I know more about his music and his life than anybody walking, I would imagine,” Marty said. “So I realized some of these stories that I know, people are real interested in hearing them and the music’s wonderful. If that’s all I did, I’d be fine, but they really enjoy hearing the stories behind certain songs that Dad did over the years. That’s what this is.”

He describes it as a front-porch, living room experience. It’s intimate with storytelling and song, he says. “Very personal,” Marty said. Keeping his dad’s type of music alive served as another motivator.

Tickets for this event are available at New Albany Main Street office, 662-534-3438, and online at


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