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By Scott Swanson
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Jamboree director: Replacing Haggard a matter of ‘timing’


April 12, 2016

MERLE HAGGARD is featured on the cover of the 2005 Oregon Jamboree program.

The death of country music legend Merle Haggard last week leaves the Oregon Jamboree and other festivals scrambling to find an artist to replace him, festival Director Robert Shamek said.

Replacing him in the line-up will likely require coordination and cooperation with other festivals in the same boat.

The Jamboree had Haggard scheduled as one of its three headliners for this year’s three-day festival, July 29-31.

Haggard died on his 79th birthday, April 6, 2016, in Palo Cedro, Calif.

“You can’t replace Merle Haggard,” Shamek said, adding that he had been personally looking fo...

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