Saturday, August 23

Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard performs with UNC’s own Tift Merritt opening
8 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

Merle Haggard


“A pioneer… rough-edged and electric.” – Pitchfork Magazine

Grammy-winning iconoclast and Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard is making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, he’s both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he’s consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, honoring country music traditions while drawing on a broad range of jazz, blues and folk influences with vivid, emotionally nuanced lyrics poignantly chronicling the dreams and heartbreaks of common people along with his own harsh life experiences. Read an extended bio here >>

Tift Merrit


The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” a standard upholding that got underway in earnest with Bramble Rose, the 2002 solo debut that put her on the Americana map forever. As her sophomore album, Tambourine, was followed by Another Country and See You on the Moon, Merritt found acclaim coming not just from critics and awards orgs but her own heroes, like Emmylou Harris, who marveled that Merritt “stood out like a diamond in a coal patch.”