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Hagfest Northwest Comes to Coeur d' Alene! 

Hagfest 2021: Annual Merle Haggard Tribute comes to Coeur D’Alene 

Hagfest is an annual tributary concert held in memory of the beloved country singer, Merle Haggard. 

The 4th Annual Hagfest is set to be held on April 10th at the Lake City Center. As always, The Inland Northwest Country Music Association will be sponsoring the Merle Haggard Tribute in Coeur D’Alene. The event has been scheduled according to two different performance timings, one at 3 pm and the other at 7 pm. Interested parties can purchase their Hagfest Northwest tickets through Eventbrite at 

The most recent Hagfest was in 2019 at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. Hagfest is a tribute and musical celebration of country legend Merle Haggard who passed away on April 6th, 2016 at the age of 79. Musicians and top performers from all over the Northwest join Hagfest to perform, celebrate, and indulge in the music of the popular country singer. Fans of all ages join the show to reminisce about their cherished country idol. 

Host, Rusty Jackson will bring together some of the area's finest singers and players to perform and pay tribute to “The Hag” for a night of beautiful musical memories and stories about the life of Merle Haggard and his journey from Bakersfield to San Quentin to the top of the country charts! Fans in the northwest consider Merle as perhaps the greatest country singer-songwriter of all time as people of all ages come to sit back, relax, and hear some really great country music. 

About Merle Haggard: 

Merle Ronald Haggard was born during the Great Depression in Oildale, California. He is an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Born April 6th, 1937, Merle Haggard lived on for 79 years and died on April 6th, 2016. He was one of the most prominent country artists to emerge in the 1960s. 

His music was mainly hardcore country, but time and again Haggard enjoyed pushing his musical boundaries. As a performer, singer, and musician he was countlessly influencing other artists in the industry. In terms of personal life, Merle had a troubled childhood that led him to be incarcerated multiple times at a young age. After his father's death, Merle became rebellious which landed him in several juvenile detention centers as an attempt by his mother to ease out his behavior. 

Merle recorded his first song for tally records in 1963 which soon became a national hit early in 1964. Ever since then, Haggard started recording singles and by late 1965, he recruited a backing band and named them the Strangers. Between the 1960s to the 1980s, he released 38 number one hits and continued to release successful albums in the 2000s. He received many awards for his music before his death on his 79th birthday due to double pneumonia.


This is it - this week!!!!!  The Highwaymen tribute show is Saturday at Lake City Center and I'm playing Waylon in this show!  There are only a few tickets left for this show - check here for tickets.

If you were not able to get tickets.. you do have another chance to see the Highwmen.  On Friday, we (me, Bobby Bremer, Joey Anderson and Miller's Sun will be doing a run through at the Fischin Hole in Medical Lake at 7 pm 


Colville and Highwaymen 

This Friday night at 6:30, Chrissy Summering and I will be at the Pour House in Colville, WA 

And then next week I'm going to Nashville to do some cowrites!  

When I get back, 10/19 I am going to part of an ensemble that is doing a "Highwaymen Tribute Show".  I am performing as Waylon in this show!  Click here for more information.


This weekend...

I have two shows in the Silver Valley with Chrissy Summering.  Last Sunday night, Chrissy got the "Top Live Performance" award at the IN-CMA awards show - so this is going to be GREAT!  Here is a link to us performing at the wards show 

FRIDAY - The Snake Pit, Kingston ID 6pm

SATURDAY - Noah's Canteen, Kellogg ID 6pm

Next up...

Next week I have a show out in Colville WA and also we are going to record some more episodes for the singer songwriter podcast.

And then - I'm going to Nashville October 8th thru the 16th and I will doing some cowrites with a hit songwriter (details to follow).

And then... October 19th - "The Highwaymen Tribute".  I will be playing the part of Waylon Jennings in this show!  




Chili cook-off, Cosmic Cowboys and INKEES :-) 

First, the INKEEs....

I am nominated this year for 1.5 IN-CMA Awards.  First I am nominated for Male Vocalist and then also nominated along with Chrissy for Solo/Duo!  This is a really a great honor for me and I'm humbled to be named along side the other amazing people.  If you didn't catch WHO is nominated, you can see that at

The awards show is sure to be off the hook greatness.  15 artists and bands will be performing that night and Rick Marshall (K102 DJ) is the MC.  I can get you in for cheap or even free - just play your cards right ;-) 

Right now there is a 40% discount code that will work until 9/10 - so if you go get tickets at just enter the promo code incma40

Also, if you are an INCMA member, you can get a code for 50% off at

But it you are Rusty Jackson Super Fan, then CONTACT ME and ask for the FREE CODE - the first 5 people that do that will get two free tickets each!


Chrissy and I have two shows this Saturday

1) Spokane Tribes Casino - CHILI COOK OFF

1 to 4 pm

2) Cosmic Cowboy Grill - CDA

5:30 to 8:30 pm


Thursday at the Relic!

The Relic Smokehouse, CDA, ID

BBQ and Country Music!