Ever since the legendary star Merle Haggard died on April 6, country stars have done their best to pay tribute to “The Hag” by singing his finest songs. Even though there was definitely no dearth of moving tributes, Scotty McCreery’s homage instantly won a place among our favorites.
In a guest appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 12, McCreery paid tribute with his own version of one of Haggard’s trademark songs, “Mama Tried.”
Within just a few seconds of hearing McCreery’s version, it’s obvious that his strong, vibrant voice is a great match for a classic country song like “Mama Tried.” His performance was so lively that gloominess and grieving had no place in it. In his upbeat rendition, there was only room for celebration. McCreery beautifully captured Haggard’s character in each and every word.
By the end of the song, McCreery stopped singing to share a couple of words about Haggard. He kept his thoughts brief and straightforward:
“Good bless Mr. Merle Haggard y’all,” he said, as he lifted his hands in the air. For just a moment there, it actually seemed like McCreery tried to hold back tears. He kept his cool though, as he played the last note of the song on his guitar.
You can see McCreery’s amazing homage to Haggard in the video below.
We’ve got no doubt that Haggard was watching McCreery with great pride on that day!