Ben Haggard’s ‘Sing Me Back Home’ cover contributes to his father’s legacy, Merle Haggard. The son of the country music hall of fame singer went a long way to keep his father’s music alive. Since Merle’s death, Ben stepped forward and took over their band, The Strangers, as their leader.
In 2017, after Merle’s passing, the Strangers back up Toby Keith on the ‘American Country Countdown Awards.’
He has carved a name for himself as the 25-year-old country singer as he took the stage with his father ever since he’s 15. Also, contributed to the 2014 album ‘Working Man’s Poet: Tribute to Merle Haggard’ with renditions of ‘Mama Tried’ and ‘Sing Me Back Home.’ The album also featured Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Keith, Dierks Bentley, and Jake Owen.
‘Sing Me Back Home’ Revival
Looking back, Ben chose ‘Sing Me Back Home’ as it’s like Merle’s hardships during his childhood. In 1967, the song drew upon his young self in the San Quentin State Prison in California. He got involved in a robbery and met fellow inmates Caryl Chessman and James Kendrick.
Ben Haggard‘s ‘Sing Me Back Home’ will bring you back to the good ol’ days of the 1960s and 1970s. Those were the days recordings were songs about prison. It brings nostalgia to listeners who went tired of love and breakup songs that dominate.
The hit song is about a prisoner taking his last walk before an execution. Merle wrote the song with James’ Rabbit’ Kendrick in mind. Kendrick went through such execution after killing a California Highway Patrolman in 1961.
Continuing the Legacy
Ben Haggard will continue his father’s legacy. Right now, he’s the lead guitarist in ‘The Strangers’ band. He shared in an interview how stepping in was scary as hell. It’s a good thing Merle had immersed his son on the stage way before his adulthood. The icon often took Ben to recordings and stages with him. They had also performed with the Highywaymen and Blake Shelton.
Just like his recording of ‘Sing Me Back Home,’ you can hear his beautiful voice below.
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