In September of 2003, I drove to Alexandria, VA to take photos of Merle Haggard for a microphone company. When I got to the venue, his tour manager said, “Oh, we stopped using that mic. It kept not working.” But Haggard and his folks were very gracious, and let me stage the photo of Merle and the non-working microphone before the show. As I was setting up, Merle Haggard stood on stage and played air guitar in some of my photos, unsure of what to do without his guitar. I've never published those photos, but I treasure that experience.
Safe travels, Merle, from that kid at the show that came to take a photo of you. And thank you.
April 6, 2016
Photo copyright 2003 Daniel Coston