On Sept. 28, 2010, the Grand Ole Opry opened its doors back up after facing a disastrous flood, and a live concert was thrown.
Dubbed “Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration,” the show aired on GAC and brought together a quartet of guitar heroes, and one impressive mandolin player. Together, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner teamed up and tore the roof off the Opry stage with their epic rendition of Merle Haggard’s megahit “Workin’ Man Blues.”
Although the artists passed the microphone around, the musicianship outshined the singing that night. Keith was first in line to show off a few licks on the electric guitar. Then — like a domino effect — Brad, Steve and Marty each provided their own instrumental break. The instrumentation then concluded with Ricky’s master mandolin skills.
Needless to say, Merle would have been proud!
Released on June 30, 1969, “Workin’ Man Blues” was the second single off of Merle’s album titled “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” The song, which was written as an ode to the American blue-collared man, shot up to No. 1 and became one of Merle’s signature songs.
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Merle died on April 6, 2016. He was 79 years old.