Since the legendary Merle Haggard passed away on April 6, country stars have stepped up to honor "The Hag" by covering some of his greatest songs. Although there hasn't been any shortage of touching tributes, Scotty McCreery's has quickly earned its place as one of our favorites.
During an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 12, McCreery chose to honor Haggard by performing his own rendition of one of his signature songs, "Mama Tried."
Within mere seconds of listening to McCreery, you can tell that his deep, rich voice is the perfect fit for a classic country tune like "Mama Tried." He kept his rendition full of energy, which meant there wasn't much room for sadness or mourning in his performance. By making his performance more upbeat, he managed to perfectly capture Haggard's spirit in every word.
At the end of the song, McCreery stopped singing to say a few words about Haggard, and he kept his message short and simple.
"Good bless Mr. Merle Haggard y'all," he said as he raised his hand in the air. For a moment there, it even looked like McCreery tried to fight back tears, but he kept his composure as he strummed the final note of the song on his guitar.
You can watch McCreery's incredible tribute to Haggard in the video below.
We have no doubt that Haggard was looking down on McCreery with pride that day!
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