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Listen as Willie Nelson offers an emotional tribute to Merle Haggard Facebook - Willie Nelson
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In a week where the whole country music industry is grieving the one-year anniversary of Merle Haggard’s death, his friend and frequent collaborator decided to put his thoughts into a song.

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Willie Nelson shared a video for the song “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” on his socials on April 6. Performing alongside Merle’s son Ben Haggard, Willie effortlessly puts his feelings about Merle into the performance.

Country music fans will recall that Merle’s last album was the one he did with Willie in 2015 – “Diango and Jimmie.” The video also features a number of flashback video clips of the two in action.

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And if those little moments don’t hit you emotionally, check your pulse.

Luckily for fans, the song is also featured on Willie’s ninth studio album, “God’s Problem Child,” which is set for release on April 28. Willie’s last solo album, “Heroes,” was released in 2012. The new album features a total of 13 songs, including the already much talked about “Delete and Fast Forward” and “Still Not Dead.”

Willie is very much so still alive and kicking. The country music legend has performed more than 100 live shows in the past year.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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