In recent years, Blackbird Presents has been putting together all-star tribute concerts to honor some of the most renowned names in music. Today, they’ve announced another installment in their series, titled Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, bringing dozens of artists together for the cause.The organizers revealed their initial lineup today, with Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lnn, The Avett Brothers, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare and more all performing for the event. It’s scheduled to take place on April 6th, 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.Merle Haggard was a lifelong musician who gained famed for his hit country-western song “Okie From Muskogee” in 1969. With well-known songs like “Sing Me Back Home” and “Mama Tried” in the Grateful Dead repertoire, Haggard’s legacy is rich among the vast world of music lovers. He passed away on April 6th, 2016, on his 79th birthday, and the tribute concert will take place on the exact day of his 80th birthday.For all the information about this show, head to the official website here.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – There were precious few sparks on a drama-less final day as the third round game between Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride ended in a dull draw at Sabina Park here yesterday.Resuming the day on 153 for four, Pride failed to muster anything spectacular enough to turn the tide and were dismissed for 273 nearly an hour after lunch.Wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud struck 36 and captain Kevin Stoute, 31, while Justin Greaves finished on 22 not out.Debutant left-arm spinner Fabian Allen claimed three for 34 while fast bowler Reynard Leveridge (2-28), captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (2-65) and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-69) all picked up two wickets each.Trailing by 49 on first innings, Scorpions confidently reached the close on 112 for two, with opener John Campbell missing out on his second half-century of the game with 49 and opening partner Shacaya Thomas getting 43.Test left-arm spinner claimed two for 29.Pride walked away from the rain-ravaged outing with nine points while the hosts picked up 7.6.The visitors made a safe start to the day as Stoute and Rampersaud stretched their overnight fifth-wicket stand to 67.Left-hander Rampersaud was ultra-patient in a knock requiring 133 deliveries and 144 minutes while Stoute, a right-hander, struck two fours and two sixes off 87 balls.Once the partnership was broken, Pride lost their last six wickets for 53 runs, after going to lunch at 237 for seven.Faced with a tricky period before tea, Scorpions’ fears were eased by Campbell and Thomas who put on 92 for the first wicket.The left-handed Campbell, unbeaten on 45 at the interval with Scorpions on 81, faced 66 balls and struck nine fours while Thomas hit six fours in a 60-ball knock.SCORPIONS 1st innings 224PRIDE 1st innings (o/n 153 for four)O. Phillips c Campbell b Green 4A. Alleyne b Allen 66S. Brooks b Jacobs 44R. Chase lbw b Miller 23K. Stoute c Leveridge b Miller 31M. Rampersaud c Campbell b Leveridge 36K. Williams b Allen 2J. Greaves not out 22K. Roach c wkp. Thomas b Leveridge 0J. Warrican lbw b Jacobs 19N. Charles c Thomas b Allen 2Extras: (b-10, lb-11, w-3) 24Total: (all out, 103.5 overs) 273Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-116, 3-153, 4-153, 5-220, 6-233, 7-236, 8-238, 9-268.Bowling: Leveridge 11-2-28-2, Green 14-4-32-1, Blackwood 1-0-1-0, Jacobs 22-3-68-2, Miller 35-11-65-2, Allen 12.5-2-34-3, McCarthy 5-1-10-0, Campbell 3-0-14-0.SCORPIONS 2nd inningsJ. Campbell c Stoute b Warrican 49S. Thomas lbw b Warrican 43J. Blackwood not out 13D. Thomas not out 4Extras: (lb-2, nb-1) 3Total: (2 wkts, 33 overs) 112Fall of wickets: 1-92, 2-101.Bowling: Roach 4-0-32-0, Greaves 3-0-19-0, Warrican 13-3-29-2, Charles 13-1-30-0.Points: Pride 9, Scorpions 7.6.