Dauphin’s Countryfest will pay tribute to Merle Haggard with a special performance by the country music icon’s sons.

According to a news release, Ben and Noel Haggard and their longtime band The Strangers will perform at the festival on July 3.

They will be joined by Jamey Johnson, who performed with Merle on many occasions.

“You cannot replace an icon like Merle Haggard”, said Countryfest Promoter Rob Waloschuk.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to the life of this prolific singer/songwriter than to have his family and friends perform a tribute concert.”

Dauphin’s Countryfest runs June 30 to July 3.