An encore broadcast of ‘Last of the Breed’, the concert event featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price which was filmed in 2007, is scheduled for an encore presentation on PBS stations (check your local listings). At a time when country music radio is being chastised for kowtowing to a marketing demographic, this is a breath of fresh air.
‘Last of the Breed’: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price
The classic tunes that inspired artists such as George Strait and Alan Jackson return in the repeat presentation on PBS to the extreme delight of country music fans throughout North America. The 2007 sold-out tour delivered a series of greatest hits from Willlie, Merle, and Ray backed by Texas’ own Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys.
The unparalleled concert event generated ‘Last of the Breed’ from the filming of the final performance, and its repeated release on the PBS group of stations is a fitting tribute to Price, who passed away in December of 2013, and Haggard, whose loss left a gaping hole in the country music family in April this year.
Among the music the genuine country fan can expect to hear are songs such as “For the Good Times,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Ramblin’ Fever”, and “Whiskey River”. With much to say about and through their songs, Willie, Merle and Ray delivered a timeless music event then, which is just as powerful and steadfast now, keeping viewers tuned in and singing along through the end.