"The greatest singer songwriter of my lifetime is gone. Jake Owen's appreciation of Haggard is so deep that he named one of his dogs Merle. Carrie Underwood grew up in the town of Checotah, Oklahoma, where Haggard's parents lived before they moved to California. Dierks Bentley, who recorded "Pancho and Lefty" for the 2014 tribute album, , was devastated. Haggard's fellow songwriting legend Bill Anderson remembers him as "a singer's singer, a musician's musician, and a songwriter's songwriter.He poetically connected today's stormy weather in Nashville to his hero's death. Clint Black co-wrote two songs with Haggard, "Untanglin' My Mind" and "The Kid." "I was lucky to have him as a special guest on my first headline tour and got to know my biggest musical hero up close," says Black. He and I had a lot of hang time on my bus, which was too big a deal to have even been imagined for a bucket list. There are no words to describe what his music and the time I had with him meant to me.", praised the singer's authenticity. She shared her appreciation for the legend: "Love and prayers for the Haggard family. He set the feelings of the everyday common man to music, creating songs that will outlive us all.At the time of writing, the film’s promoters were still whipping teenagers past and present into a frenzy by not revealing the name of Eastwood’s character in the film. ‘It’s a little bit of a secret still,’ comes the reply. Despite being the son of Hollywood royalty, Eastwood appears not to have been given a leg-up in the family business.And then towards the end of the year, he’ll team up with Ben Affleck in Live by Night, a Prohibition-era thriller based on Dennis Lehane’s crime novel in which he plays Danny Coughlin to Affleck’s older brother Joe. The reason we’re here in Antibes, hiding from the crowds in the French Riviera’s dank off-season, is because he’s already working on Overdrive, a high-octane car heist dash due out next year that he describes as ‘like The Italian Job meets Gone in 60 Seconds’. He’s keen to make it clear he’s had to make his own way through the pack.
"We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time," says Parton. Merle will always be one of the greatest classic country artists of all time. Wynonna's very first concert as a fan was the double bill of Merle Haggard and George Jones, when she was just 15 years old."When Merle Haggard sang, you paid attention," she says."He is about as close to perfection in country music as we will probably ever have.""There will never be another artist like the Hag," Chris Young tweeted."I remember when I was 15 years old on tour with Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. And his rare but honest approach to music inspired everyone who heard him."Jason Isbell, who had been scheduled to share the stage with Haggard in May, tweeted that he was "the best country songwriter there ever was." .They both were wondering which one of the two was going to make it. Today, ole Merle joined Waylon, George, and Daddy to sing in the Heavenly choir."Toby Keith shared the stage with Haggard numerous times over the years and recruited the artist to sing the song "She Ain't Hooked On Me No More" for his 2005 album . "Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience," he tweeted. Dustin Lynch recorded "That's the Way Love Goes" for that same tribute and recalled the encounters he had with the singer. Working with him is something I'll never forget & will cherish forever," he shared.Fellow California Native Jon Pardi, whose hard-edged twang draws on the Bakersfield Sound Haggard helped invent, tweeted, "Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed.