Throughout the course of his astonishing 50-year career, Grammy Award winner Merle Haggard has proven himself a true country music legend. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee who pioneered the Bakersfield sound, Haggard has released 76 studio albums, charted 38 no. 1 singles and was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2010, alongside Sir Paul McCartney.

In this all-new episode of Guitar Center Sessions on DIRECTV, Nic Harcourt sits down with Haggard to talk about his staggering half-century journey, the immeasurable influence he’s had, and what drives him to continue to evolve as an artist. Plus, watch exclusive performances from his set at the world-famous Guitar Center Hollywood, including classic hits like “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”