The Grammy winner sang outside the CMAs to make his point.
Everybody has remarked upon it: It seems like all the great musical stars of our age are dying this year -- David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and now, most recently, Prince. These deaths cut deeply for people of my generation, because many of these musicians are no longer distant figures in the past.
I subscribe to the old theory that if you really want to know what's going on in our United States -- if you want to understand the hearts and minds of a large segment of America at any given moment -- listen to country music and you'll know.
He'll tell you he's a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion.
Merle Haggard once sang "I never hang my hat on the same nail too long," and his life story said that was true, except for one part.
An incredible loss for the country music community.