I had the honor drumming with Ryan Bingham on what was supposed to be the Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard tour. Merle was having health complications and we were asked to fill in, and heard the news of his passing on the day we flew out to start the tour. It was an amazing and humbling experience filling in for Merle and playing some of his songs in his memory. We also got to sing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "I'll Fly Away" with Willie a few nights which will always be a highlight for me. Rest In Peace Merle.