Merle Haggard will receive two tributes in April. Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard is an album of his hits recorded by current country artists, such as Luke Bryan, Thompson Square and Randy Houser. The album will be available April 1st.
Secondly, during the ACM Awards on April 6th, which happens to be Haggard's 77th birthday, he will receive the ACM's Crystal Milestone Award honoring his 50th anniversary in country music.
Haggard topped the Billboard country singles chart thirty-eight times between 1967 and 1988. He won the ACM's first entertainer of the year award and was named top male vocalist a record-setting six times.
Working Man's Poet, on Broken Bow Records, will be available digitally through iTunes. Physical copies of the album, sold only at Walmart, will include Garth Brooks' version of Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down. The album also includes two songs recorded by Haggard's son, Ben, who plays guitar in his father's band.
Track Listing: Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard: