'Barnyard' Tour Stops in Klamath Falls

This appeared in the Klamath Falls Herald and News - July 11, 2003

Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard and the other entertainers of the Electric Barnyard Tour will perform Saturday, July 12, on an athletic field in the Southview Development.

For the most part, those sitting on blankets and low-seated beach chairs will be seated near the stage while those bringing lawn chairs will he placed toward the back and sides of the field.

The Klamath Falls show will be the tour's fifth stop. Nineteen more stops in the nation will follow.

At each stop, food by Waffle House and games will be available along with the entertainment.

Performing with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Merle Haggard & The Strangers will be BR-549, Connie Smith, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, and The Old Crow Medicine Show.

The tour is being called "a rolling country music festival that's part tent show, part honky tonk."

While many country stars are taking their road show to major cities this summer, this one is going to small towns and rural atmospheres.

"We going back to remember the forgotten ones," Haggard said.

"Marty Stuart asked us to help him take country music to the people who have loved it from the beginning and we are excited to help bring these first-class musicians to country music and Waffle House fans nationwide," said Pat Warner, Waffle House communications director.

Stuart joined Lester Flatt's bluegrass band as a guitarist in 1971 when he was 13 years old before going on to a successful career as a soloist.

The 63-year-old Haggard, drawing from country, jazz, blues and folk, emerged as a prominent country musician in the 1960s and now has 39 No. 1 country hits and numerous awards to his credit.

He is the only California-born singer who is in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

By Doug Higgs

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