AUSTIN -- A country music legend was honored Monday at the Texas Capitol.
There's no mistaking Merle Haggard. On the Capitol's south steps Monday morning, State Rep. Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) presented him with a House resolution recognizing his musical achievements.
After a troubled youth, including some time in California's infamous San Quentin Prison, Haggard launched his music career.
Since then, he's penned classics like Okie from Muskogee and Mama Tried, racking up dozens of number one hits. Despite all those accomplishments, he says Monday's award is something special.
It's a great honor to be here and have all these people pay tribute to me, especially from Texas. I love Texas. Everybody loves Texas, Haggard said.
Haggard says his next project has a strong Texas theme. It's a tribute to another music legend -- the Texas Troubador, Ernest Tubb.