Merle Haggard's 50th Anniversary Tribute Album and ACM Award

03/21/2014
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(Radio.com) During the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony on April 6, Merle Haggard will receive the Crystal Milestone Award to commemorate his 50 very active years in country music. Haggard will receive the award during the televised portion of the ceremony.

Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift.

Five days earlier, on April 1, a new album paying tribute to Haggard will hit stores. Titled Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, the 20-track album (see the full track list below) features an impressive range of contemporary artists covering some of Hag's most classic songs.

Toby Keith performs "Carolyn"; Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley take on "Pancho & Lefty" (a song written by Townes Van Zandt but turned into a No. 1 by Haggard and Willie Nelson); Jason Aldean turns out the ballad "Going Where the Lonely Go"; Randy Houser offers up "Misery and Gin" and "Ramblin' Fever"; Jake Owen performs "Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans"; and Merle's song Ben Haggard sings "Mama Tried" and "Sing Me Back Home."

In addition, Joe Nichols sings "Footlights," a song that also appears on his 2013 album Crickets (the song is also among Haggard's own favorites from his own catalog).

More including the full tracklisting here.

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