Country Throwback: Miranda Lambert Belts Merle Haggard’s ‘Misery and Gin’ at Tribute Concert

by Halle Ames

Misery loves company, and apparently gin. Sounds good to us. In today’s country music throwback, we take a look at Miranda Lambert’s cover of the Merle Haggard song. 

Some of the biggest names in country music came together under one roof in April of 2017. Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena held artists like Willie Nelson, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Aaron Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. 

The performer came to honor a legend that died a year before, and in what would have been his 80th birthday. The tribute concert was also known as ‘Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard.’

When it comes to country music’s heartbreak queen, Miranda Lambert is an expert. The country hitmaker still captivates fans with ballad after ballad. She absolutely killed it with her cover of the classic Haggard song, “Misery and Gin.” 

Listen to her twangy, beautiful voice. Let it captivate you as it did us. 

Merle Haggard

According to Blackbird Presents, over Haggard’s 50-year music career, he racked in an overwhelming 38 number one hits. He also has won just about every major country music award you can think of. The artist was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

For those of you who don’t know how legendary Merle Haggard is, iconic singer Bob Dylan describes him perfectly. 

“Merle Haggard has always been as deep as deep gets,” Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in 2009. “Totally himself. Herculean. Even too big for Mount Rushmore. No superficiality about him whatsoever. He definitely transcends the country genre. If Merle had been around Sun Studio in Memphis in the Fifties, Sam Phillips would have turned him into a rock & roll star, one of the best.”

Merle Haggard was born in Oildale, California, on April 6, 1937, and died in his home on the same date in 2016 after a taxing battle with pneumonia.