It's really not hard to cheer for Keith Urban. He's so darn lovable, but there's a special reason to cheer even louder as his new song, "Coming Home," moves up the chart.
Merle Haggard's last #1 hit was a song called, "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" back in 1987. Inspired by a guitar lick from Haggard's "Mama Tried," Keith Urban not only wrote his latest single, but included a sample from the original recording (with Theresa and Ben Haggard's blessing), which technically makes Merle a co-writer.
Here's the gift for Merle Haggard and his family. If "Coming Home" hits #1, Merle Haggard will technically receive the honor as well - giving him his first #1 song in 21 years. It could also be the vehicle that inspires people who've never heard of Merle Haggard, to dive deeper into his music catalog, hence further preserving and lengthening his legacy.
As experimental and progressive as Keith Urban is, he's also one of the greatest country music preservationists. SO - let's take this one home, yes? All the way to the top. #DoItForTheHag