Haggard Taking 'Roots' On The Road
Country veteran Merle Haggard has scheduled a spring tour in support of his second Anti Records album, "Roots, Vol. 1." The trek will get underway April 11 at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, ArizCountry veteran Merle Haggard has scheduled a spring tour in support of his second Anti Records album, "Roots, Vol. 1." The trek will get underway April 11 at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Ariz., and close May 19 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Released last November, the critically acclaimed "Roots" debuted at No. 47 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The set combines three new Haggard-penned tracks -- "More Than My Old Guitar," "Runaway Mama," and "I've Got a Tender Heart" -- with a set of songs written by others, such as Hank Williams ("Honky Tonkin'") and Hank Thompson ("I'll Sign My Heart Away"). It also sports five cuts written or co-written by Lefty Frizzell, including "If You've Got the Money Honey (I've Got the Time)" and "I Want To Be With You Always."
Along with guitarist Norman Stephens, who frequently worked with Frizzell, the album features the work of Haggard's longtime collaborator Redd Volkaert, who is lead guitarist in his backing band, the Strangers, as well as the artist's wife, Theresa Lane Haggard, on percussion and backing vocals. Stephens also contributed liner notes to the set.
Here are Merle Haggard's upcoming tour dates:
April 11: Tucson, Ariz. (Desert Diamond Casino)
April 12: San Antonio, Texas (Far West Rodeo)
April 13: Helotes, Texas (John T. Floor Country Store)
April 14: Austin, Texas (Stubbs)
April 16: McAllen, Texas (La Villa Real Special Events)
April 17: Montgomery, Texas (Havens Landing)
April 18: Gainesville, Texas (Silver Spur II)
April 19: Topeka, Kan. (Topeka Performing Arts Center)
April 21: Denver (Fillmore)
May 11: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
May 12: Carlsbad, N.M. (Carlsbad Civic Center)
May 13: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sandia Casino)
May 15: Irvine, Calif. (Crazy Horse Steakhouse)
May 16: Ventura, Calif. (Ventura Theater)
May 17: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Harbor)
May 18: Longview, Wash. (Columbia Theatre)
May 19: Tacoma, Wash. (Emerald Queen Casino)