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Several Country Performances at Grammy’s Including Wille Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton Together [WATCH]

Country was well represented at this year's Grammy awards. In addition to Kacey Musgraves picking up two awards for best country album and best country song, a number of stars performed. Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Blake Shelton sang a medley of hits.  Miranda Lambert was joined by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to pay tribute to the late Phil Everly.   Keith Urban performed his new song 'Cop Car' with Gary Clark Jr. Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes all sang new songs.

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Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson + More Team Up for 2014 Grammy Performance

The 2014 Grammy Awards are about to get countrified! Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton are teaming up for a star-studded performance, making the evening an iconic show of country pride.

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Hank Williams Jr and Merle Haggard Duet – ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink’ [LYRIC VIDEO]

Many years and several pounds ago as I began working in radio, a job offer at country radio seemed to good to pass up.  But country?  It was Merle Haggard that helped make it palatable, then I found Hank Williams Jr.  Now the two icons combine to remake one of Merle's legendary songs, 'I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink.' Watch the just released official lyric video with some looks behind the scenes.

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Tad Pole Joins Tim, Blake, Merle & Willie in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Life of Man’ Issue

Esquire is paying tribute to the American man and Tad Pole joins Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson in the 'Life of Man' issue that commemorates the magazine's 80th anniversary. See photos and video of 80 accomplished men, one born in each year of Esquire's history. Young. Old. Rich. Poor. Presidents. Movie legends. Rock stars. Space babies. Now, even Radio Announcers.

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George Jones Photo Album – Stars Share Their Favorite Pictures With the Possum

Meeting George Jones was a career highlight for almost every country singer. Even legends like Randy Travis and Reba McEntire treasure the photos they have with the singer. Today, stars have been sharing their favorite moments with Jones, who died at the age of 81 years old this morning. 

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Saluting The American Worker On Our Labor Day Edition Of The Classic Double

We have a special theme for today's "Country Classic Double" at 11:30 a.m., saluting you, the American worker on Labor Day. And we've got two great songs to do that. We begin with Alabama's number one song in 1985 "Forty Hour Week (For A Livin')". We'll finish the Double with Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues", a number one back in 1969.

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Music For The Workin’ Man (And Woman) On Today’s Classic Double

Merle Haggard is one of the "Outlaws" of country music, and his music reflects working class Americans. On this day in 1969, Merle's "Workin' Man Blues" was the number one country song in the nation, and you'll hear it on today's "Country Classic Double" at 11:30 a.m.

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Merle Haggard On Today’s Classic Double

I usually like to save "Working Man Blues" by Merle Haggard for Labor Day's "Country Classic Double", but on this day back in 1969, the song entered the country charts on its way to number one. And to be fair, I'm sure if that song were recorded today it would include the working woman too.

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Merle Haggard Joins Twitter, Sends Bizarre Messages

“Hello Twitter. #FirstTweet.” That’s how Merle Haggard kicked off his new Twitter account yesterday afternoon — but after his inaugural greet tweet, things just got, well, kind of weird.

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Buck Owens Skips A Beat On The Double

Today we're honoring "The Bakersfield Sound", as it was called on our "Country Classic Double" at 11:30 a.m. We begin with Buck Owens and his number one song from 1964, "My Heart Skips A Beat". We finish up with Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues", a number one hit in 1969. The "Bakersfield Sound" was a certain style associated with artists from Bakersfield, California.

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Merle Haggard ‘Back on the Bus’ After Battle With Pneumonia

After a string of serious health issues and hospitalizations, 74-year-old Merle Haggard said in a statement on Wednesday that he’s “feeling good and ready to get back on the bus.” This comes after the Country Music Hall of Famer was hospitalized multiple times in the past few months, receiving treatment for double pneumonia, stomach ulcers, the removal of eight polyps from his colon and esophageal diverticulitis.

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Merle Haggard to Be Released From Hospital

Merle Haggard will be heading home to northern California soon. WMAZ in Macon, Ga. reports that the 74-year-old singer’s condition has improved and that he’ll be released shortly.

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