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Merle Haggard museum, eatery planned in Nashville

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2014, file photo shows country singer Merle Haggard during a rehearsal for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new Nashville attraction will be devoted to the music and memory of Merle Haggard.

Bill and Shannon Miller will open the Merle Haggard Museum and Merle's Meat + Three Saloon in summer 2018. The Shannons have co-founded museums for Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline in recent years.

The Tennessean reports the museum will feature instruments, clothing, memorabilia, awards and other artifacts that belonged to Haggard, who died last year.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in California, Haggard was an architect of country music's "Bakersfield Sound."

Bill Miller paid just over $7 million for the 15,447-square-foot building last fall. The Merle Haggard Museum will be located on an upper floor and the saloon will be on the ground level.

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Information from: The Tennessean

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