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WATCH: Ben Haggard, son of country legend Merle, performs his dad’s song and talks Fender acoustics, songwriting

When it comes to musical talent, the apple may not fall that far from the tree. Such is certainly the case for Ben Haggard, son of country music superstar Merle Haggard. Ben recently teamed up with Fender to pay homage to his late father’s legacy, and honor the relationship the legendary artist had with the iconic guitar manufacturer.

In the interview, Haggard describes acoustic guitars as valuable tools that inspire songwriters and musicians in the creative process, noting, “From a songwriter’s point of view, an acoustic guitar is just an expression of yourself.” He continued, “That song [“Footlights”] kind of connects to me in a different way, because I’ve had to learn how to kick the footlights out for him [his father] in a sense.”

Keep your eyes peeled in Ben’s interview for shots of a special acoustic guitar originally gifted to Merle from Fender and country music star Chris Janson. The gifted guitar bears the word “Footlights” on the fingerboard, paying homage to the special song.

Ben puts words into action, playing his Fender PM-1 Limited Adirondack Dreadnought, Rosewood acoustic, in this rousing performance of his father’s song “Footlights”:

To see how Ben’s PM-1 works for you, check it out at Fender’s website. Here are a few highlights of this instrument:

  • Solid AA Adirondack spruce top and scalloped “X”-bracing
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Bone nut, saddle and bridge pins
  • Lacquer finish
  • Fender- and Fishman®-designed PM™ preamp
  • Includes deluxe hardshell case and humidifier

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