I first saw Merle live at the Spokane Opera House. It was brand new (new brand, as Hans used to say) and the sound was awful. Shoulda walked out but wanted to get my scarce money’s worth.
Now living in Iowa we are lucky to have the Surf Ballroom nearby so we’ve been there twice to hear Merle. Truly a great man and thinker. I’m sure he loves to see somebody like Mo Pitney come along to carry the torch (or whatever burning thing he might care to carry). After this video is a link to an article about Merle’s opinion of modern country music that is shared by many.