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2010 Kennedy Center Honors Watch: Haggard

By Jacqueline Trescott

The Washington Post arts staff is keeping an eye on the doings of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees. This year's class is Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.

Musician and songwriter Merle Haggard. (PBS)

We were all relieved that Haggard has resumed his concert schedule, after canceling 10 concerts and a benefit. Haggard, 73, was battling a chest infection.

For all our readers in Southeast Arkansas, he'll be at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium tonight. And Haggard has more dates scheduled through the week.

On Saturday he was singing in Louisiana. On Sunday, right outside Houston.

Chris Richards, the Washington Post pop music critic, caught both sets. "He still appears to draw a lot of energy from his audience. Playing for a relatively sedate crowd at L'Auberge du Lac casino in Lake Charles, La. on Saturday, his set was a stately, elegant thing. The next night, at a much rowdier honky-tonk in Katy, Tex. called Mo's Place, he was looser, louder. It sure didn't feel anything like a Sunday."

Yes, because our country legend can get a little blue. He had his sons, Noel and Ben, with him, and we bet they roll into Washington too.

With more than 600 songs and 41 in a row on the Top 10 charts, Haggard must have a hard time trimming his selections.

But here's his set list from Sunday, as documented by the Houston Press:
Silver Wings
Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink
Mama Tried
Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star
Workin' Man Blues
The Fugitive
Honky-Tonk Nighttime Man
Sing Me Back Home
Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)
Folsom Prison Blues
Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down
Take Me Back to Tulsa
Workin' In Tennessee
The Fightin' Side of Me
Okie From Muskogee

Haggard will be saluted, along with the other Honorees, Dec. 4 and 5.

More on this story:

Kennedy Honors Watch: Jones | Winfrey | McCartney

Winfrey among 5 recipients of Kennedy Center Honors

Photos: 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees announced

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 9, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Pop music  | Tags:  kennedy center honors, merle haggard  
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