Legendary country singer Merle Haggard says he has moved beyond the lure of financial rewards.
”I think more about good songs and about catching a good bass than I do about making money,” Merle Haggard told Rolling Stone Magazine in 2009.
With that in mind, if folks are fishing for some good live country songs they can reel in the iconic performer's show on Friday night at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. The Country Music Hall of Famer and his band The Strangers are set to take on songs from their 2011 LP “Working in Tennessee.” The 75-year-old will likely also perform some of his 38 No. 1 singles like “That's the Way Love Goes,” “Mama Tried,” “Workin' Man Blues” and “Okie from Muskogee.”
With country-rock biker-band The Fryed Brothers opening, the Mateel is donating 100 percent of net ticket proceeds from the show to South Fork High School.
The Lost Coast Adventure Tours shuttle will also be available to take individuals (from Dean Creek to Benbow) to and from the 'Center for a nominal fee from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Call Blu Graham at (707) 502-7514 to arrange a pickup.
Snacks will be available in the kitchen during the show to benefit KMUD radio and adult beverages will be available for purchase upstairs at the venue for those 21 and older.
Tickets are available online at mateel.org and at the usual outlets. Mateel Community Center members
If you go
What: Merle Haggard, Fryed Brothers Band
When: 8 p.m. (doors) Friday
Where: Mateel Community Center, Redway
Admission: $70 in advance, $75 at the door, all ages