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John Harte / Special to The Californian

Merle Haggard performs his classic "Silver Wings" to a sold out crowd at the Fox Theater Saturday night.

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Merle Haggard acknowledges the sold out crowd at the Fox Theater Saturday night by taking off his sunglasses and hat momentarily following his performance of "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink."

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Merle Haggard performs to a sold out crowd at the Fox Theater Saturday night.

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Merle Haggard performs "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," one of his classics, to a sold out crowd at the Fox Theater Saturday night.

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Merle Haggard performs to a sold-out crowd at the Fox Theater in March 2014.

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With every seat in the house taken, the crowd reacts as Merle Haggard takes the stage at the Fox Theater Saturday night.

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Merle Haggard performs his classic "Mama Tried" before a packed house at the Fox Theater.

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Merle Haggard drew a distinctly country crowd for his sold out concert at the Fox Theater Saturday night.

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Just about everybody wanted a picture of the legendary Merle Haggard, who played to a full house at the Fox Theater Saturday night.

Country music superstar Merle Haggard performed a soldout show at Bakersfield's Fox Theater Saturday night.

Photographer John Harte shares these images from the concert.