When Merle Haggard Surprised a Crowd in Nashville

He Talked About His Career During 2012 Visit to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Editor’s note: This story from CMT.com’s archives details Merle Haggard’s surprise appearance during an April 11, 2012, symposium at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. He talked extensively about his career and his band, the Strangers.

The mere aura of Merle Haggard was sufficient to draw a capacity crowd to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater. But to the crowd’s utter delight, Haggard, himself, dropped in unannounced to steal the show.

Dubbed “My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers: A Conversation With Norm Hamlet, Don Markham and Fuzzy Owen,” the symposium was supposed to reveal Haggard through the eyes of his manager and two longtime members of his band, the Strangers.

Hamlet is Haggard’s bandleader and steel guitar player. Markham plays trumpet and saxophone. Owen gave Haggard his first record deal and then went on to work as his steel player and, later, his manager.

However, Haggard dominated the 90-minute presentation, which was deftly moderated by the museum editor Michael Gray.

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