Merle Haggard and the Strangers

Price: $53.50 - $63.50

When: Ended 07/19/13

Where: State Theatre

In late 2008, Merle Haggard had part of a lung removed because of cancer. But he hasn’t slowed down. Since then, he has released two commendable albums and continued to tour regularly. His three most recent shows in the Twin Cities — including ones with Kris Kristofferson in 2012 and ’11 — have been memorable evenings of terrific songwriting, excellent musicianship, impassioned singing and larger-than-life personality. With all due respect to Hank Williams and Willie Nelson, ol’ Merle may have penned the most extraordinary catalog of songs in the history of country music. Jon Bream