Merle Haggard is headlining the Red Ants Pants Music Festival July 25-28 in White Sulphur Springs.

The outdoor music festival features on-site camping and four days of music. Early-bird passes for all four days are now on sale for $99 through the end of March at redantspantsmusicfestival.com.

Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound and then aligned with the outlaw country movement of the 1970s.

During a stint in prison, Haggard saw a 1958 performance by Johnny Cash and was inspired to join the prison’s band and turn his life around. He’s had more than 30 No. 1 hits, including “Mama Tried,” Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.”

— Billings Gazette

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