Category Archives: Merle Haggard

February 23, 2017

Merle Haggard – (All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers

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February 19, 2017

Merle Haggard live in concert – Anaheim 1980

From the Anaheim Stadium Concert October 1980. The Rainbow Stew LP from the show originally released July 1981.

February 13, 2017

Vince Gill – Lost In A World Without Haggard

Written by Vince after he heard Merle passed.

July 4, 2016

Merle Haggard – Kern River Blues (Haggard’s Final Song)

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare

June 25, 2016

Merle Haggard – Runnin’ Kind

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare

May 30, 2016

Ben Haggard With Noel Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare

May 17, 2016

Merle Haggard – Live in Concert – 1985

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare

May 6, 2016

An Evening at the White House with Merle Haggard

March 17, 1973: A special evening with country music legend Merle Haggard in the East Room of the White House on St. Patrick’s Day, 1973. Includes performances and a reading of a poem Haggard wrote for First Lady Pat Nixon on the occasion of her birthday.

April 19, 2016

Merle Haggard – Cherokee Maiden

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare

April 9, 2016

The Hag: Exit of Another National Treasure by Charlie Daniels

Merle’s individuality and unique style will leave a gap in country music, a gap that cannot be filled by anybody, present or future.

I was in the recording studio working on an album on April 6 when I received a text from my manager with only one line.

“Merle Haggard has died.”

I immediately shared it on Twitter and almost as immediately, Paula, our publicist, started receiving calls from media outlets looking for reaction about Merle’s death from industry people, and within an hour or so we had the first of three TV crews who came out to tape interviews.

Such was the stature of Merle Haggard in Music City and the music community in general and as the entertainment reporters scrambled to get something together for the early news, I had occasion to express the way I feel about the Hag, the legend that he was, the songs he wrote and sang and the long shadow he cast over American music for five decades.

You can count on your fingers the number of people in country music who reached the status of being recognized by just their first name. Elvis, Hank, Loretta, Willie, Dolly, Garth, and a precious few others ever breathed that rarified air and Merle was one of them. When you said Merle, anybody who knew the least thing about country music knew who you were talking about.

You could hear one of his songs you’d never heard and after you’d listened to the first line you knew it was Merle.

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