October 23 is a special day for my mother Delphia Hicks – it happens to be her and my late father Donald Hicks’ anniversary.
When we found out that Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson would be in Pikeville on this date in 2015, we purchased tickets as soon as they went on sale.
My father loved music and attended many concerts with my mother, especially at the Kentucky State Fair.
What a show it was! Merle, at his best, with his son and five multi-talented musicians, provided horns, strings and Hawaiian steel. Willie Nelson’s harmonica player, and back-up singers, helped make this an unforgettable experience. My mom said she felt my father’s presence.
Derek Hicks wrote this special for The Floyd County Times as a tribute to his mother Delphia Hicks and his late father Donald Hicks.