BREAKING NEWS! If We Make It Through December Country Legend Merle Haggard to Play Florida Theatre in February – bjcphotog@gmail.com – Gmail

JACKSONVILLE, FL, DECEMBER 20, 2013 – Though for the last decade his new recordings have received almost no airplay – in the innocently cruel Nashville taxonomy, he is classified as a living legend – Merle Ronald Haggard remains, with the arguable exception of Hank Williams, the single most influential singer-songwriter in country music history.

Haggard is certainly one of the genre’s most versatile artists. His repertory ranges wide: aching ballads (“Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Silver Wings”); sly, frisky narratives (“Old Man from the Mountain,” “It’s Been a Great Afternoon”); semi-autobiographical reflections (“Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes”), political commentaries (“Under the Bridge,” “Rainbow Stew”), proletarian homages (“Workin’ Man Blues,” “White Line Fever”), as well as drinking songs that are jukebox, cover-band, and closing-time standards (“Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink”).
His acolytes are legion and include many of country music’s brightest and lesser lights, as well as thousands of nightclub musicians. As fiddler Jimmy Belken, a longtime member of the Strangers, Haggard’s exemplary touring band, once told theNew Yorker, “If someone out there workin’ music doesn’t bow deep to Merle, don’t trust him about much anything else.”

The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. Experience the diversity of Merle Haggard at the Florida Theatre on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00pm.  Tickets, on sale now, range from $40 to $60, and are available at the box office, by calling 904-355-ARTS, or at www.floridatheatre.com.

Immediately embraced by country fans, he also earned the respect of his peers. In addition to a phenomenal 40 #1 hit songs, Haggard has charted scores of Top Ten songs. He has won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.

Tickets for this special concert event are on sale now, range from $40 to $60, and are available in person at the Florida Theatre Box Office, by calling 904-355-ARTS, or through any Ticketmaster outlet. The Florida Theatre is handicapped accessible and has secure and convenient parking.  For further information please visitwww.floridatheatre.com.
About the Florida Theatre
The historic Florida Theatre first opened in 1927, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed and programmed by the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. Over 125,000 people a year attend music, dance, theatre, film and arts education programs at the theatre, resulting in an economic impact of over $7 million a year for downtown Jacksonville. For more information visit www.floridatheatre.com or call 904-355-ARTS.
About Bryan Joe Corder (4279 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.
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