August 31, 2012 3:00 PM

Haggard performs pristine versions of his many classics

Merle Haggard, 75, is one of country music’s greatest songwriters. He burnishes his legend with a no-frills, common-man attitude that belies his stature. He was in good voice Thursday at Knuckheads, backed by a steady six-piece band and two singers who assisted him through a 90-minute set stacked with some of his best-known material.

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