The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate one of country music’s most influential artists, Merle Haggard, on the anniversary of both his birth and his death, Wednesday, April 6 – Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 and passed away on April 6, 2016.

The special Wednesday night show will feature performances by just a few of the countless artists who have been influenced by the legend. His son Marty Haggard, Suzy Bogguss, Cody Johnson, Joe Nichols, Eli Paperboy Reed, and Lainey Wilson – ACM's New Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year winner – among others, will perform Haggard classics as well as their own hits inspired by the Country Music Hall of Famer.

Tickets for Opry Salutes Merle Haggard are on sale now and you can buy them here. The Wednesday night show is part of a special three-week run of Wednesday night Opry shows taking place this spring. More Wednesday shows are set to return for an extended run this summer.

Merle Haggard at Opry's 45th Birthday in 1970.

The special Wednesday Night Opry can be heard on,, SiriusXM: Willie’s Roadhouse, and WSM Radio. It will also be filmed with highlights to air as a Saturday night Opry Live later in the spring on Circle Network, Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  

Artists Lauren Alaina, Clint Black, Breland, Deana Carter, The Gatlin Brothers, Jamey Johnson, Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Keb’ Mo’, Craig Morgan, The War & Treaty, and Chris Young, among others, are scheduled for upcoming Opry and Opry Country Classics shows. Buy tickets for other 2022 Opry performances, including the 97th Opry Birthday Bash shows taking place October 7 and 8, here.