On his next National Tour in the Bud Light Music Concert Series, Merle Haggard “The Hag” Country music legend and Country outlaw, will perform live in concert at the Stafford Theatre Center (End Stage) onThursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
MERLE HAGGARD NATIONAL TOUR – Stafford, Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
Stafford Theatre Center, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477
From Downtown Houston
South on Highway 59. Exit Murphy Road/FM 1092 (one Exit past the Sam Houston Toll Road)
Left on Murphy Road/FM 1092 (second light on the feeder road)
Left on Cash Road (third light) Centre is immediately on the right.
Mon – Fri 10AM- 4PM CST- 281-208-6900
Tickets $133 – $433
Tickets available through
Stafford Theatre Center
and Ticketmaster or call them at (800) 745-3000.
For more information and seating available at Stafford Centre Ticketing link.
Enduring all odds, Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) was born in the almost unbearable farmland life of the Oildale area near Bakersfield, California during The Great Depression.
The famous Dust Bowl swept from the dry and over-harvested lands of Oklahoma and Texas. Much of the population of Bakersfield consisted of economic refugees escaping the hard life and economic downturn from Oklahoma and surrounding states. To see what it must have been like for Merle’s family check out “Surviving the Dust Bowl DVD.” Even Woodie Guthrie was writing his “Dust Bowl Ballads” in 1963.
But the families escaping from the Dust Bowl to California, the land of milk and honey, it was anything but that for them. The Great Depression was in full swing, and California was a land of slum city tents, no work and the poorest of living conditions. And for Merle, the hardships continued.
Merle, as a young man, began to be in trouble with the law and by the late 1960’s had served hard time several times including a three year term in San Quentin Prison, and escaping every chance he got. His escape attempts halted when an inmate friend named “Rabbit” escaped, killed a policeman and was returned for execution. Upon his release, Haggard started digging ditches and wiring houses for his brother. And Merle continued to pursue his dreams in music. Surviving those hard times sometimes brings blessings.
“Branded Man” and “The Bottle Let Me Down “and his first single “Skid Row” (1962) told the story of Merle’s experiences, but also captured the truth of the common man through the rough road of life. The result? The hard honky-tonk and dive bar gigs led to performances on the Las Vegas strip. Those hard years were behind him now and the momentum to Country Music icon began to pick up steam, faster and faster. The venues became larger to accommodate his massive army of fans. Haggard toured and recorded throughout the 1960s collecting #1 hits and selling out shows along the way.
In 2006, Haggard was always solidified on the charts. One, I especially love is a duet with Gretchen Wilson, “Politically Uncorrect”. He is also featured on Eric Church’s debut album “Sinners Like Me” with “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag.”
On December 19, 2006, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a citizen-led resolution to re-name a portion of 7th Standard Road in Oildale as Merle Haggard Drive, which will stretch from North Chester Avenue west to U.S. Route 99. The first street travelers will turn onto when they leave the new airport terminal will be Merle Haggard Drive.
In 2006, Merle Haggard was honored as a BMI Icon at the 54th annual (Broadcast Music, Inc.) BMI Pop Awards. During his songwriting career, Haggard has earned 48 BMI Country Awards, nine BMI Pop Awards, a BMI R&B Award, and 16 BMI “Million-Air” awards, all from a catalog of songs that adds up to over 25 million performances.
Haggard recently released “I Am What I Am” in 2010 and is on a national tour for the Bud Light Music Concert Series to support the album. To kick off his national tour, he performed on “>The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in February, 2011.
The song lyrics from “If You’re Going Through Hell”by Rodney Atkins’ album by the same name, says “If you’re going through Hell, keep on going and you might get through before the Devil even knows you’re there..” That’s just what Merle Haggard did. Out of that hell of hardship, Country Music Outlaw and legend, Merle masterfully writes and sings about it in a world of honor and blessings. After his Stafford concert, Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth will be his last stop in Texas for a while.
Last stop in anything seems to not fit Merle at all.
MERLE HAGGARD NATIONAL TOUR – Stafford (west Houston)
Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
Stafford Centre (End Stage)
10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477
Tickets $133 – $433