Haggard, Stuart Also To Perform

This appeared in The Hutchinson News - July 11, 2003

Country legend Merle Haggard and wild child Marty Stuart perform July 18 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds as part of The Electric Barnyard Tour.

The two offer some longevity to round out the lineup of newer acts that include BR549 and the Old Crow Medicine Show.

Haggard has accumulated 39 No. 1 hits and numerous Grammy and country music awards. His bluntness and honesty have helped win his way into the hearts of diehard country music fans for decades. Haggard is known for his "Okie From Muskogee," "Lonesome Fugitive" and "The Bottle Let Me Down."

Haggard was born in a boxcar, and his life has included drinking, drugging, prison, escape and capture. But through it all, there was always his music.

Haggard adds the Strangers to his latest entourage for the Electric Barnyard Tour.

Stuart also will show off his new band, the Fabulous Superlatives.

The Electric Barnyard Tour was the brainchild of Stuart, who outlined the 24-date, 17-state tour to remind people of what country and bluegrass music is all about.

His latest album, featuring "If There Ain't There Oughta Be," hit record stores July 1.

Stuart has received 11 Grammy nominations, three awards and several other country music nominations. Four of his albums have been certified gold.

By Kelly McGuire

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