The oldest son of the legendary Merle Haggard will be on stage July 13 at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.
Marty Haggard said in a phone interview Monday he didn’t think he’d ever played at the Krider or even in the Paris area before.
“However, I’ve played all over the country, so unfortunately I forget some of the places from time to time,” he said.
“One thing I haven’t forgotten, though, is how friendly Tennessee is — not just for us country performers but to musicians of all types.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. at KPAC. Tickets are $25 and available now at the Paris Civic Center, online at BrownPaperTickets.com, or by phone at 800-838-3006.
Haggard will pay tribute to his dad through stories and songs along with his band members, Mark Abbott and Duane Barreaux.
He said his dad was the greatest singer-songwriter in music history. Marty will share stories of the past, while growing up by his dad’s side as he was writing and recording these great country music songs.
He will also share a few of his original songs but will — since it is a tribute — mostly perform his father’s songs.
“I’ve played fairs, parties, cruise ships and more,” he said, “but my favorite places are the small locations, with only room for 250-350.”
Haggard believes these intimate locations are more suitable for him.
“It’s where the real committed fans gather to dance and drink,” he said.
With a chuckle, he said “I’ve performed quite a few times to captive audiences like prisons, where I usually stray from Dad’s music a bit and at least sing ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’”
Marty has had his own accomplished career, performing country music for 40 years, but his love for his dad’s music inspired him to begin the tribute show, which he began in Branson, Mo., in 2010 before taking the show on the road.
Step back in time and learn a little more about the life of Merle Haggard by someone who knew him best.
“This is not an impersonation of my dad. I’m not him, I’m his son. If I sound like him, I can’t help it. If I don’t sound like him, I can’t help it. One thing my dad always told me was to just be myself, and I can do that,” he said.