As the country music industry continues to grapple with the loss of the great Merle Haggard, the artists that looked up to “The Hag” have already begun preparations as to how to pay tribute to the country legend.
And one of the first up to the plate is country titan Toby Keith.
On April 21, the famed singer/songwriter announced his plans to perform a tribute to Merle at the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards (ACCA), which will air live from Los Angeles on FOX on Sunday, May 1.
According to an April 21 press release, Toby will join with Merle’s longtime backing band, The Strangers, along with Merle’s son, Ben Haggard, for a fitting tribute to the country legend. ACCA host Matthew McConaughey will introduce the tribute.
Upping the emotional quotient will be the fact that Merle’s widow, Theresa, will also be attending with a number of members of the Haggard family.
Toby is sure to serve up one of the most memorable moments of the award show, which will also include performances by Kelsea Ballerini, 2016 NASH Icon Award recipients Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.