Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson find what keeps them humming that highway song at the Music Hall last night

Merle Haggard & the Strangers with Kris Kristofferson

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Music Hall

When you see a legend for the first time — say, Bob Dylan or the Rolling Stones — the tendency is to measure them against their best material, at their highest watermark. After all, it’s often hard to put things in the proper context when an artist has been making music longer than you’ve been alive.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to have your expectations built up by material put out 30 years ago and then find that those expectations don’t apply when it dawns on you that there was a lot of time between then and now. That grappling for perspective was up front and center last night. Not just for me — or other members of the audience — but for the artists as well. Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard have been firmly planted in the American music landscape for more than 40 years. Of course, a few things have changed in those long years.

Categories: Music