Miranda Lambert And Kris Kristofferson’s Duet Of Merle Haggard’s “Silver Wings” Is Pure Country Perfection

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Absolutely perfect.

Back in 2010, Merle Haggard was part of the Kennedy Centers Honors class, and of course, some of his fellow country artists showed up to pay tribute to The Hag on a very special evening.

Specifically, Miranda Lambert and the legendary Kris Kristofferson teamed up for a gorgeous rendition of “Silver Wings,” which was included on Merle’s 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard. A solo write from the record, it’s all about Merle’s heartbreak when the woman he loves gets on a plane to go somewhere far away and leaves him lonely back home.

It’s still beloved by fans to this day (even though it was never released as a single and it definitely should’ve been), and has remained a country classic for 55 years now, and Kris and Miranda did the song more than justice in my opinion.

Miranda’s vocals are just perfect here, and I think this tune in particular fits her style so well. She’s covered it many times since, and I honestly would love if she cut a studio cover of it one day.

In the video, you see a shot of The Hag, along with fellow honorees Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney (not  bad company…), nodding along, and while you might not’ve been able to tell by his outward expression, I think Merle was probably touched by the performance.

At the very least, it looked like Oprah was absolutely loving it, and that’s pretty much how I feel about it, too… do yourself a favor and check it out:

“Silver Wings”

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