This year ASG is hosting its 10th Annual Merle Haggard Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 12th. It’s hard to believe it has been ten year’s since ASG first began having an annual birthday party to celebrate The Hag’s iconic country music.
This year’s show will once again take place at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, which has been the home of the annual Merle tribute since its inception and the slate of performers is one of the best ever. In addition to a long line of new and returning performing songwriters playing their favorite Merle tunes, this year’s show welcomes the return of songwriting legend Sonny Throckmorton to the annual event after being absent the last couple of years, the incomparable Gurf Morlix, the double threat duo of Louise & Bill Kirchen and the irrepressible Bob Cheevers, among many others.
Once again, the amazing house band will include guitar aces Redd Volkaert, Joe Manuel and Marvin Dykhuis, along with Floyd Domino, Ernie Durawa, David Carroll and special guests throughout the show. The list of songwriters and performers confirmed at this writing include Roger Allen and Ted Branson (who will be serving as host MC’s throughout the show) Lee Duffy, Rick Busby, Stevie Sanford, Eddie Curtis, Michael Barger, Craig Marshall, Tom Cottar, Richard Howard, Andrea Stray, Gregg Miller, Lauren Beller, Adam Belsky, Rusty Nelson, Ben Bazzrea, Kady Rain, Patti Dixon, Tina Rose, Christy Moore, Peggy Wright, Jim Heckroth, Beth Lee, Claudia Thibodeau Gibson and other Special Guests still being confirmed.
Once again, the date is set for Sunday, April 12th from 3-7 PM in the beer garden at Threadgill’s World Headquarters. The annual event is co-sponsored by ASG and the Texas Songwriters Association and features a silent auction of great items and memorabilia with proceeds going to help to pay for the annual event and to support ASG’s ongoing songwriter programs throughout the year.
If you are an ASG Member, or a fan supporter, we need silent auction items. If you or your business would like to participate in supporting ASG’s songwriter programs throughout the year, bring your silent auction donations to the event, or contact Lee Duffy at 512-698-4237 to arrange a drop off before the show in the event you are unable to attend.
Tickets are $10 at the door and children under 16 are admitted free with parents or adult guardians.