Apr 10, 2021
The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when
discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgement of his artistry
and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to
his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has
made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole.
He performed under the Big Top in 1999 and again in 2013 to adoring
audiences. This week's Tent Show Radio is a recording of
Merle Haggard's 1999 performance.
Available for free and airing continuously for 26 years, Tent
Show Radio is hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, Tent
Show Radio is a weekly is a 59-minute weekly radio program
assembled from the best live recordings from the acclaimed musical
acts that perform at the Big Top Chautauqua Tent each summer
located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Bayfield,
Tent Show Radio features regional and national acts like Arlo
Guthrie, Michael Franti, Punch Brothers, and Brandi Carlile, with
regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra, a
9-piece vocal and instrumental ensemble consisting of band leaders
Ed Willett, Randy Sabien, Jack Gunderson, Phillip Anich, Tom
Mitchell, and Andy Dee.
Big Top Chautauqua is a non-profit performing arts organization
since 1986, providing entertaining and educational cultural
activities with an emphasis on performances that celebrate history
and the environment. www.bigtop.org .