Toby Keith closed out the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards with a tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard, who passed away April 6 on his 79th birthday.
Toby was backed up by Merle’s band The Strangers, which included Merle’s son Ben Haggard. At times, Toby sounded eerily like Merle as he performed a medley of the legend’s hits “Mama Tried,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Silver Wings,” “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.”
Matthew McConaughey introduced the heartwarming tribute to the legend saying, “Merle forever changed the course of country music.”
Merle’s wife, Theresa, choked back tears in the audience at the start of the performance, but she was up having a big time for “Workin’ Man Blues.” Florida Georgia Line and Michael Ray were among the stars spotted singing along to “Okie from Muskogee,” too.
If you look close at Ben’s guitar, you can see he had his dad etch his autograph into it before he passed away.
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