California country music legend Merle Haggard returns to City National Grove of Anaheim on April 11.
Whether fugitive, troubadour, misfit or crusader, he’s explored each perspective with a critical acuity, a hard-won skill that’s allowed him to score no less than 40 number one country hits. Immediately embraced by country fans, Haggard also earned the respect of his peers. He has won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 2010 he was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in recognition for his lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.
Over a distinguished fifty year-plus career that’s taken him from a drastically misspent criminal youth to solitary confinement in San Quentin to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Haggard has memorably portrayed, in song, myriad archetypal characters. After being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 and having part of his lung removed, Haggard shows no signs of the disease returning and continues to produce songs and perform live with more energy and enthusiasm than many a younger man or woman.