merlehaggardMerle Haggard is 73 years old, he’s been making records for nearly 50 years, and he just came out on top in a battle with cancer. And now, he’s back on tour once again – with a performance at Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium set for July 17 (along with Noel Lee Haggard and the Malpass Brothers).

The legendary country music singer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter has, throughout his career, become known as champion of the working man, poet of the common man – largely due to his own relatable rough and tumble history. With a distinctive style all his own and a body of songs that have become classics – with hits ranging from the patriotic (“Okie from Muskogee”) to the defiant (“The Fightin’ Side of Me”) to the tender (“Hungry Eyes”) – Haggard has rightfully established himself as one of the best, and most important, country artists to emerge in the 1960s. He has influenced countless other artists, had 40 #1 hits, charted scores of Top Ten songs, and won just about every music award imaginable, and in 1994 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

If you are lucky enough to make it out to see the country music icon perform at EMU on July 17, please consider the Lamp Post Inn, An Ann Arbor hotel, for your overnight staying needs. The hotel is located less than 5 miles from Pease Auditorium and is offering a special 10% discount on all King Bed and Two Queen Bed units for those attending this event. In order to receive the 10% discount, simply go to and put the promo code EMUSHOW in the code box when checking for availability or making reservations for the night of July 17. A separate reservation screen will appear and will include the discounted rates.