What a sad day for country music. Legend and icon Merle Haggard has died at the age of 79.

At this writing, we've just learned of his passing and will update when we know a cause of death.

I've been fortunate enough to see Merle Haggard in concert twice, both times at the Executive Inn in downtown Owensboro.

On one of those occasions, I got to meet him. Super nice man who came across as just a guy trying to make a living and it just so happened to be it was as one of country music's greatest ever artists.

Until we more, enjoy some great music from The Hag: