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Ben & Noel Haggard w/ special guest Abigail Rose
Start Date: 8/10/2019Start Time: 6:30 PM
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Presented in part by MasterBrand Cabinets, join us for a special evening as Ben and Noel Haggard pay tribute to their father Merle!

VIP door at 4:30, general admission at 5 p.m., Abigail Rose at 6:30 p.m., Ben Haggard at 7:30 p.m. All times central.

Ben Haggard. For fans of his late, legendary father, country music great Merle Haggard, his youngest son Ben is no Stranger – in fact, he’s been the lead guitarist in Hag’s longtime band of the same name for the past eight years, since he was 15 years old, fitting in easily with veterans like musical director Norm Hamlet and Scott Joss.

Ben was a regular on Merle Haggard’s recordings, took the stage with him and the Highwaymen (Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson) as well as Blake Shelton for a memorable performance at the 2014 Grammys and for the 2012 “All for the Hall” show besides two of his idols, Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Earlier this year, Ben was featured with the Strangers backing Toby Keith for a Merle tribute on the nationally televised American Country Countdown Awards. He also contributed versions of “Mama Tried” and “Sing Me Back Home” to 2014’sWorking Man’s Poet:Tribute to Merle Haggard album which also featured Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

Taking the torch from the Haggard paterfamilias, Haggard recalls a conversation he had with Merle, who sported what his son described as “a look of great depth in his eyes… He was always right about something he said because he had thought about it for so long. He overanalyzed everything to the finest degree in the most artistic way possible.”

Ben recalls Merle telling him, “You’d be an idiot not to take my guitar and my bus, not to sing my songs for as long as you can… Go out there and play until there’s nobody to play to.”

Noel Haggard. Growing up the son of a man who has defined country music's possibilities, Noel Haggard has enough life experiences to more than completely inhabit the things he sings about...and does it with the same natural phrasing and richly sonorous baritone that one would expect from someone with such a loaded last name.

Abigail Rose. Born and raised in the small town of Pendleton Indiana, Abigail Rose is an 18-year-old Hoosier girl, and have been a musician her entire life. Her father, who is a music industry veteran, is producing her soon-to-be released debut album featuring original songs by her and co writers Fred Koller, Antoinette Olesen, and Melissa Jay. She has also covered classics by John Sebastian, Ray Davies, Roger McGuinn and Elliott Murphy. Special thanks to the guys in the John Mellencamp band and Carlene Carter for helping out.

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Lincoln State Park - Lincoln Amphitheatre
15032 E County Rd 1500
Lincoln City, IN 47552
Phone: 1-812-937-2329
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