The A&E Network is in the midst of airing a two-night series of shows honoring some of the biggest names in country music history. One of them is Merle Haggard, who is being showcased in a tribute concert Monday, April 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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A&E is included in Philo’s main 59-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. It also comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Philo, you can then watch Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay shows that have aired in the last three days.
A&E is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can then watch Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air (and sometimes longer) even if you don’t record them.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including A&E. It costs $20 for the first month and $30 per month after that:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
‘Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend’ Preview
This all-star concert special is a one-showcase of honoring the music and legacy of Merle Haggard, who passed away on his birthday in 2016. The special was actually filmed on the one-year anniversary of his death and on what would have been Haggard’s 80th birthday, which was April 6, 2017.
But it has not aired until now. As part of A&E’s two-night salute to country music, in which the network honors Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson, they are broadcasting the Haggard tribute concert as well.
“On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ben Haggard, Billy Gibbons, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson, and more come together to pay tribute to Merle’s career,” reads the A&E press release. “Fans will witness an all-star sing-along with artists singing ‘Okie from Muskogee,’ never before seen interviews, exclusive behind the scene footage, and never before televised captivating performances from some of country music’s biggest artists.”
Because the concert filmed three years ago, the setlist is available (via Rolling Stone), though the actual concert lasted three hours and the TV broadcast is one hour, so presumably, not all of these songs will make the cut.
Ben Haggard & the Strangers – “What Am I Gonna Do”
Ben Haggard, Aaron Lewis & the Strangers – “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine”
Tanya Tucker & the Strangers – “Farmer’s Daughter”
Bobby Bare & the Strangers – “The Fugitive”
Connie Smith & the Strangers – “That’s the Way Love Goes”
John Anderson & the Strangers – “Big City”
Toby Keith & the Strangers – “Carolyn/Daddy Frank”
Jake Owen and Chris Janson – “Footlights”
Miranda Lambert – “Misery & Gin”
Rodney Crowell – “You Don’t Have Very Far to Go”
Jamey Johnson – “Kern River”
Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss – “If I Could Only Fly”
Alison Krauss – “Sing a Sad Song”
Alabama – “Silver Wings”
Hank Williams Jr. – “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
Loretta Lynn – “Today I Started Loving You”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Honky Tonk Nighttime Man”
The Avett Brothers – “Mama Tried”
John Mellencamp – “White Line Fever”
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow Stew”
Ronnie Dunn – “It’s All in the Movies”
Billy Gibbons – “The Bottle Let Me Down”
Warren Haynes and Billy Gibbons – “Workin’ Man Blues”
Dierks Bentley – “If We Make It Through December”
Lucinda Williams – “Going Where the Lonely Go”
Sheryl Crow – “Natural High”
Keith Richards – “Sing Me Back Home”
Keith Richards and Willie Nelson – “Reasons to Quit”
Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney – “Pancho and Lefty”
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith – “Ramblin’ Fever”
Willie Nelson and cast – “Okie From Muskogee”
“I am so very thankful for this tribute to my husband, Merle Haggard. Please come join me and my family at this fantastic show that Merle would be so proud of,” Theresa Haggard said in a statement at the time the concert was filmed.
And Rolling Stones guitarist/vocalist Keith Richards added, “Sometimes you meet somebody and you know instantly that you’re friends. Merle was one of those kind of cats to me. It’s another goodbye to another good friend.”
Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend airs Monday, April 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. It is being rebroadcast Tuesday, April 14 at 2 a.m. ET/PT.
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