Kacey Musgraves to Honor Merle Haggard at G Fest
The inaugural G Fest, which will be held in Muskogee, Okla. this June, is going to great lengths to honor the late Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard.
"Artists like Merle Haggard are important because they became legends and set trends not by worrying about money and fame but just by being themselves," Kacey Musgraves says in a press release. "So it just inspires me even more to uphold what’s important to me as a person and songwriter first and not worry about the rest."
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will also place a Haggard monument on the north lawn of the Muskogee Civic Center. The memorial will include a bronze sculpture of Haggard sitting on a bench with a guitar case and hat, which Haggard originally designed and asked Ponca City artist Dan Jones to create. Before his death in April, Haggard had plans to place the sculpture on his property near Bakersfield, Calif. Festival-goers will now be able to take photos of "Old Glory down at the courthouse" and the Civic Center, where Haggard recorded the album Okie From Muskogee.
"They want to see that placed in Muskogee," OMHOF Executive Director Jim Blair says about those who are part of Haggard's organization. "The bench will be great, but what a story to tell — to have a memorial standing next to it that was designed by Merle himself."
In addition to the monument, organizers will also reveal the "Merle Haggard Avenue" street sign in the coming months leading up to the festival.
G Fest will take place June 16-18 and include performances by Musgraves, the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Swon Brothers, Marty Stuart and many more. Single-day tickets are now available, as well as general admission three-day passes. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gfestmuskogee.com.
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