One year ago today, country music lost Merle Haggard as he passed on his 79th birthday. Willie Nelson,one of Merle's closest friends, chose today to release a musical tribute to the Hag...

Willie penned “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” which describes the wonderful friendship they shared and showcases numerous memories in the music video to Willie's Recording.

Tonight, Nelson will be among a long list of artists paying tribute to Merle at Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, a concert event which will be held in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Alabama and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artist taking the stage in honor of Merle.

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone” is a cut from Nelson’s upcoming album, 'God’s Problem Child', due out on April 28th, the day before Willie's 84th Birthday.

Take a moment to watch and listen to this warm and sincere tribute from one friend to another in Willie Nelson's above music video to “He Won’t Ever Be Gone”.