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Headlining this years Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest will be the sons of country music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, Ben & Noel Haggard. For fans of the Haggard patriarch, Ben Haggard is no stranger. Prior to Merle’s untimely death, Ben had been the lead guitarist in his backing band ‘the Strangers” for more than eight years. Likewise, talented brother Noel has been blessed with a familiar natural phrasing and rich baritone that one would expect from someone with his last name. You can expect some incredible tributes to their Dad in this special show. And the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival would not be complete without Bob Wills Texas Playboys under the direction of Jason Roberts. Bob Wills Texas Playboys was formed in 1933 by the King of Western Swing himself – Bob Wills. And today, the Bob Wills sound continues, as big and bright and brassy as ever under the guidance of 2 time Grammy Award winner Jason Roberts. As soon as Jason Roberts steps on a stage with his fiddle and utters his first “AH-ha”, western swing fans know they are in for a great night.