Jan. 18 – A Tribute To Merle Haggard by Scott Haggard with Dottsy at Texas Theater in Seguin.

The Heart of Texas Roadshow will feature a Tribute To Merle Haggard by Scott Haggard with special guests Dottsy and Kaye Tolson on Saturday, January 18, at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM at the Texas Theater in downtown Seguin. Tickets are now on sale at Gift & Gourmet, Keepers or the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. They are also available at  www.heartoftexascountry.com, by clicking on tickets below or by calling (830) 372-6168. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door.

Scott Haggard was born in Opp, Alabama to Lanorah Margaret Bowden, a jailer for Covington County. Bowden had met Merle Haggard in the spring of 1968, and the two had a brief relationship which was among the musician’s five marriages.

Years later, someone had gotten the word to Merle that he had a baby boy, but the superstar never responded.

Encouraged by his parents, Scott Haggard learned to play guitar when he was 8 years old. It came easy and he quickly learned every chord in the book.

“I was raised by my stepdad,” said Scott Haggard, “and I never had any contact with Merle until 2004, when I met him at a concert and told him who I was.”

Merle brought Scott back to his tour bus to hear more about him and his life.

“He kind of held his head down and said, ‘yeah, I remember that,’” Scott Haggard recalled about he and Bowden’s encounter. “He excused himself and went to the back of the bus.”

“I have always found comfort in my guitar and find it to be a great stress reliever,” Haggard recalled. “As I grew up, I learned several other instruments including drums, saxophone, and along with my guitar, played in the High School Band.”

A DNA test proved his lineage to the Country Music icon. His striking appearance and vocal resemblance to his father cemented his determination to do something in the music industry.

After graduation, he set the music career aside and went to work as a professional truck driver and worked hard raising his family. He always considered himself as a common person and strived to make ends meet just like everyone else in today's world.

In 2004, Scott decided to return to his music and has been working on that part of his life ever since. Listening to his Dad’s music gave him the inspiration to write his own songs. His first successful composition was “Living in The Shadow of Merle” which came very quickly as it describes his feelings about his legendary Country Music Hall of Famer father. He followed that with a beautiful love ballad titled “Do You Love Me.”

In May of 2008, Scott won the Horizon Award from the Mobile Alabama Country Music Association, which states “Presented to Scott Haggard in recognition of your outstanding talent and continued hard work promoting country music.”

“I am working several tribute shows to my father throughout the country,” Scott Haggard said. “I primarily do my dad’s songs with a few of mine. His fans love to hear his material and I am proud to help keep his memory alive.”

Seguin Native Dottsy will be featured on the show. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Dottsy enjoyed a string of hit records for RCA Records including “Storms Never Last” “After Sweet Memories, Play Born To Lose Again” “Trying To Satisfy You” and “We Still Sing Love Songs In Texas.” Her latest albums on Heart of Texas Records are “Texas Sensation” and “Meet Me In Texas.”

Heart of Texas Recording Artist Kaye Tolson will also be featured. Her latest album “Share My World” features a mixture of country and gospel music as well as a duet with Justin Treviño.

Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.





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