Merle Haggard plays Boulder

Aug 6, 2001 11:42 PM

Country music legend Merle Haggard brings his unique brand of music to Boulder Station Friday at 8 p.m.

Haggard has influenced generations of country music performers. Rare is the country star who doesn’t cite guitarist, fiddler, songwriter and honky-tonk hero Haggard as an influence. As a youth in Bakersfield, Calif., he was wayward and wild, getting into trouble with the law and doing time in prison. After his release from San Quentin in 1960, Haggard joined a band as a rhythm guitarist and began to sing in the clubs of Bakersfield’s infamous “Beer can hill.” Soon thereafter, he was signed by Tally records and began cutting singles.

His first was “Singing My Heart Out.” His next single, “Sing a Sad Song,” broke the Top 20 of Billboard’s country charts.

He then formed a band, The Strangers, who have since gained prominence as one of country music’s finest road bands, earning the prestigious Academy of County Music’s touring band of the year award eight times.

Haggard has released more than 65 albums, four of which have been certified gold. His accolades range from the ACM’s and the Country Music Association’s male vocalist and entertainer of the year to a 1984 Grammy Award for best male country vocal performance for “That’s The Way Love Goes.”

At the Railhead, Haggard will perform some of the country classics for which he is best known, including “Okie From Muskogee,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Silver Wings,” “Yesterday’s Wine,” “Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” and “Lonesome Fugitive.”

Railhead hosts Curtis Salgado

Curtis Salgado is set to perform at Boulder Station as part of the free Boulder Blues series on Thursday.

Salgado, one of the industries most famous unknowns, has held a variety of jobs as a singer and harmonica player with such notables as Roomful of Blues and the Robert Cray Band.

His 2001 release “Soul Activated,” combines rock, blues, gospel and R&B. Salgado has performed with his own bands, The Stilettos and Roomful of Blues, and has had the opportunity to sit in with his heroes Muddy Waters, Bobby “Blue” Bland Albert Collins and Bonnie Raitt. His trademark stage patter was incorporated by the late John Belushi for the Blues Brother character Jake.

Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Rock sensations Ted Nugent and Lynyrd Skynyrd team up for a one-night show, Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Since going solo in 1976, Nugent has sold more than 30 million albums, and has been known for his wild stage antics and ear piercing vocals.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is known for its signature harmonious guitar rock combined with Southern blues.

Tickets for their 8 p.m. concert are $39.50 and $20.

Uriah Heep revisits the ’70s

Uriah Heep will perform Friday at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino’s Club Madrid.

Uriah Heep turned up the volume in 1970 with their debut “Very ”˜Eavy”¦Very ”˜Umble.” Thought to be the inspiration for “This Is Spinal Tap,” Uriah Heep lived the successes and excess of an English 70s hard rock band. They have produced a sizeable library of eclectic work with 20 studio albums and seven live recordings.

As part of the early 70s British invasion, Uriah Heep is the most enduring. The band, considered one of the hardest working, still books 250-300 dates a year.