Marty Haggard, son of the Country Western Music legend Merle Haggard performed at the Catskin Days festival in Carrier Mills on Saturday night. He sat down for an interview before his performance to talk about what it was like growing up as the son of a music superstar.
“I didn’t have anything to compare it to,” Haggard said. “A family is a family, I just saw Dad, not a musician or a star.”
An accomplished musician in his own right, Haggard said his father didn’t push him into the profession.
“If I was doing this because my dad had pressured me to, I wouldn’t have lasted as long as I have,” Haggard stated adding, “My brothers and sisters can play and sing, but they just didn’t want to perform professionally.”
Haggard enjoys performing, though he has somewhat withdrawn from the music business recently.
“The music business is all politics now, no separation between the different types of music. The music industry is in a bad place right now. Country music today isn’t what I call real country, what I grew up with,” he said.
“Music is a great source of joy, relief and pleasure to people, a gift from heaven. There are so many young people who are becoming familiar with the artists like Johnny Cash, my dad and other of the older artists through the internet. I believe that real country music will come back. It’s hard to beat good music.”
Speaking about performing his show, “A Tribute to my Dad Merle Haggard” Marty said, “It’s a tribute to my Dad, not his music, but to my Dad.”