Merle Haggard Gets ACM Honors, Tribute Album with Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan

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Legendary country singer subject of “Working Man’s Poet,” grabs Crystal Milestone Award.

Merle Haggard may be 76 years old, but the accolades continue to roll in for one of the greatest country singer-songwriters of his time.

Haggard, named the Academy of Country Music’s first Entertainer of the Year back in 1970, will receive the organization’s coveted Crystal Milestone honor during the 49th annual ceremony televised live at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS by Dick Clark Productions.

The ceremony will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

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Haggard has also received ACM’s Most Promising Male Vocalist Award in 1965 and the first of six Male Vocalist of the Year honors starting the following year. A winner of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and Poet’s Award, Haggard joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2014, he will celebrate the milestone of 50 years in country music.

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In addition, Nashville indie Broken Bow Records will release Working Man’s Poet, a Haggard tribute album, to retail stores (with a Walmart exclusive) and digital outlets on April 1. The disc features performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen and Thompson Square, among others. 

A complete track listing follows:

Misery and Gin (performed by Randy Houser)
Footlights (performed by Joe Nichols)
Going Where the Lonely Go (performed by Jason Aldean)
Today I Started Loving You Again (performed by Kristy Lee Cook)
Carolyn (performed by Toby Keith)
Pancho and Lefty (performed by Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley)
*Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down (performed by Garth Brooks)
You Take Me For Granted (performed by Thompson Square)
Mama Tried  (performed by Ben Haggard)
That’s the Way Love Goes  (performed by Dustin Lynch)
Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans (performed by Jake Owen)
I’m a Lonesome Fugitive  (performed by James Wesley)
Workin’ Man Blues (performed by Parmalee)
Are the Good Times Really Over (performed by Jason Aldean)
Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room (performed by Thompson Square)
I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink (performed by Dustin Lynch)
The Fightin’ Side of Me  (performed by James Wesley)
My Favorite Memory (performed by Joe Nichols)
Ramblin’ Fever (performed by Randy Houser)
Sing Me Back Home (performed by Ben Haggard)

*Appears only on Walmart exclusive