Outlaw country icon Merle Haggard is rapidly approaching octogenarian status, but you’d never know it from his tour schedule. Haggard admired legends like Bob Wills and Lefty Frizzell, but a traumatic childhood found young Haggard embroiled in a life of crime and jail time. Released from San Quentin, he immersed himself in the country-politan scene in Bakersfield, Calif. Johnny Cash encouraged the songwriter to explore his own experiences, including time behind bars. Cash introduced Haggard by saying, “Here’s a man who writes about his own life and has had a life to write about.” And he’s still livin’ and writin’. Hang with the Hag on Thursday, June 26, at Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) starting at 8pm. Tickets range from $30 to $55.