I had the opportunity to see Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson this past Friday at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. The Paramount is not a big theatre and we had seats right up front which was a real plus, A great venue to see a performance.
Haggtard is 72 years old and his voice is still amazingly strong, Can’t say the same for Kristofferson who never had a great voice to begin with and doesn’t even have much of that left. But he wrote some great songs over the years and sang them with enthusiasm and looked like he was having fun, even when he messed up on the delivery a couple of times.
The musicians in Haggard’s band, The Travelers, were excellent and we were particularly impressed by his young lead guitarist. It turns out that he was Haggard’s 16 year old son. Hard to believe that anyone that young could be that good. Amazing.
The show started at 8:00 PM and the whole crew was onstage for a solid two hours. No encores, but what the hell.
All in all it was a great show and worth the money just to watch a seasoned professional like Haggard, up close and personal, do his job on stage.
They played to a full house and an enthusiastic crowd. Some a little overly enthusiastic. There are always a number of people who come, apparently not to watch the show, but to insert themselves into the proceedings. Obviously fortified by a little alcohol, recognized by Haggard when he dedicated one of his songs to the drunks in the crowd.
Nice to see that the good old boys are still hummin’ and strummin’.