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Willie Nelson's SiriusXM channel renamed to honor Merle Haggard

Willie’s Roadhouse will temporarily become Merle’s Roadhouse

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Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse, will be temporarily renamed Merle’s Roadhouse as part of a weekend-long tribute to the late country music star Merle Haggard.

The satellite radio company announced the news Thursday, a day after Haggard died at age 79.

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Merle’s Roadhouse, which launches Friday at 6 p.m. ET, will feature an encore broadcast of the Django & Jimmie album special hosted by Nelson and Haggard, which was recorded when the album was released last year; a two-hour special dubbed Feeling Haggard, hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel; and an hourlong conversation with Haggard that was taped for the Bill Anderson Visits With the Legends show in 2003.

In the immediate aftermath of Haggard’s passing, Willie’s Roadhouse played 12 continuous hours of Haggard music and took calls from listeners and fellow artists. Nelson also told EW in a statement that Haggard “was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.”

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