Reports from the road suggest these 75-year-old legends are having a grand time, informally swapping songs while backed by Merle Haggard's band, the Strangers, which is anchored by son Ben Haggard on guitar. Early on, Haggard epitomized the Bakersfield Sound of his California hometown, and went on to write dozens of country classics that often depicted the triumphs and tribulations of the American working stiff. Haggard's latest in an unremitting string of strong albums, Working in Tennessee, includes a fresh version of his classic "Workin' Man Blues." Kris Kristofferson helped redefine country with his detailed, character-rich songs, some covered so widely they became touchstones for other artists (Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee") while he developed a staunch pop and rock following. Expect an avalanche of vibrant nuggets, from Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" to Kristofferson's "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down."
Wed., July 25, 7:30 p.m., 2012