Merle Haggard’s Strangers roll into Claremore

September 13, 2017

Merle Haggard’s Strangers invade Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs for a free show Sept. 22.Merle Haggard’s Strangers invade Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs for a free show Sept. 22.

Haggard brothers play free show at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs on Sept. 22

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Merle Haggard’s sons, Ben and Noel Haggard, have joined Haggard’s long-time band, The Strangers, for a series of special tribute performances paying homage to the legendary icon’s career in country music. On Sept. 22, they stop at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.

The free show kicks off in Dog Iron Saloon at 9 p.m.

Mama may have tried, but two of The Hag’s boys were bound to follow in their father’s footsteps.

Noel has opened many of Haggard’s shows and is a country music musician in his own right, having charted Billboard more than once. Haggard’s youngest son, Ben, began playing with his father as his lead guitarist at 15 years old and has been featured on several of his records.

The Haggard brothers team up with Merle Haggard’s band of two decades, The Strangers. Collectively, they tell the tale of a prolific writer, musician and storyteller through the lyrics of his many Bakersfield sound hits.

Between 1960 and 1980, Haggard charted 38 No.1 US Country Chart hits. Several of the songs bled over to the Billboard All-Genre Singles chart.

The show will feature the classic rough-edged lyrics harmonized with the Fender Telecaster sound to recreate his most loved classics, including, “Branded Man,” “The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Okie from Muskogee,” “Kentucky Gambler,” “Cherokee Maiden,” “Red Bandana,” “Big City” and, of course, “Mama Tried.”

Over his career, Haggard received numerous awards from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994 and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997. The Hag received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit or call 918-283-8800. All guests must be at least 18 years of age.