A year ago, we’ve featured an interview with Ben Haggard, the youngest son of country music icon Merle Haggard wherein he shared his journey on establishing himself as a country music star. It seems that he’s been living up to his father’s advice. And, there’s no stopping him in creating his “own thunder.” At a young age, the rising country musician began playing with his dad. In fact, he’s played as the lead guitarist of his father’s former band. Also, Ben was a regular on Merle’s recordings.
Now that the singer who scored 38 No. 1 songs on the chart is gone, one of his sons is vowing to continue his legacy. While he’s told to be his own thing, Ben preferred to start building his reputation on such by covering his dad’s music first. Hence, most of his primary recordings or performances involved the songs that his deceased father had sung before. One of those hits was Merle’s third chart-topper called “Sing Me Back Home.” The song was released on Ben’s 2014 album Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard.
Just listen to this recording of “Sing Me Back Home” below and be ready to fall in love with his amazing voice.
“Sing Me Back Home” Details
It’s been fifty years ago since Merle Haggard released this self-penned tune. The first single of his album of the same name, “Sing Me Back Home” became his third No. 1 song on the country chart with The Strangers. It’s one of the many songs he wrote and recorded that touched on the subject of a prison. Several of his fellow artists from the music industry had also covered the song including Joan Baez, Gram Parsons, and Don Williams. Of course, the latest cover was from his son, Ben.
Listen once again to one of Merle’s legacies below.
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