Merle Haggard

The ABCs of 1979 from Peter Green to the Iron City Houserockers

By Steve Crawford | August 17, 2023

Almost Essential Cut

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 150 to 141

By Steve Crawford | July 20, 2018

“Instead of doing life in prison I was doing one to fifteen years.  I just couldn’t get that to rhyme.”

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 630 to 621

By Steve Crawford | March 29, 2018

Resulted in his touring band being named The Strangers

Country Music History – Essential Releases from 1980, Part 2

By Steve Crawford | January 5, 2017

On a three day bender

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1978, Part 2

By Steve Crawford | January 1, 2017

Viva La Mexico!

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1969, Part III

By Steve Crawford | November 8, 2016

A tribute to blue collar men

Country Music History – Essential Recordings of 1965, Part II

By Steve Crawford | October 13, 2016

The only thing I can count on now is my fingers

101 Reasons to Love Merle Haggard, Part Four

By Steve Crawford | April 13, 2016

He lived life on his own terms and we are all much richer as a result of his idiosyncratic journey.

Merle Haggard Buried At Private Funeral

By admin | April 12, 2016

The funeral went on to include a handful of performances by some of Haggard’s collaborators and confidantes

101 Reasons to Love Merle Haggard, Part Three

By Steve Crawford | April 12, 2016

He went from a legitimate to a fading superstar

That Was The Week That Was: April 4th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | April 11, 2016

A terrific story of country and rebirth

101 Reasons to Love Merle Haggard, Part II

By Steve Crawford | April 11, 2016

They display his ability to simultaneously be a historian, traditionalist, and, at the time, a major country music superstar.

101 Reasons to Love Merle Haggard, Part One

By Steve Crawford | April 10, 2016

Universally respected for his talent, his honesty, and his steadfast underdog empathy

Merle Haggard 1937-2016

By admin | April 6, 2016

Merle Haggard, the working man’s poet, an architect of the Bakersfield Sound, and an artist who influenced country music like few others, died Wednesday

Merle Haggard Cancels Gigs

By admin | March 31, 2016

He was originally diagnosed with double pneumonia and hospitalized in December

US Top 10 Albums 6-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2015

When is a hit album not a hit album? When it is by two of countries biggest stars and still only moves 30K units. To put it another way, including Grandkids and Great Grandkids, cousins, seconds cousin, and former bandmate’s next of kin, nobody else actually bought the damn thing. Talk about going to pot.

30 Essential ‘70’s Songs from the Lone Star State

By Steve Crawford | April 29, 2015

The following excerpts from Steve Crawford’s book “1000 Essential Songs from the 1970s focuses on Texas born or Texas based artists with entries from Waylon, Willie, Ray Price, ZZ Top, Billy Joe Shaver, the late, great Townes Van Zandt, and many other musicians who were completely comfortable wearing cowboy hats.

Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard, ‘It’s All Going to Pot’

By Alyson Camus | April 21, 2015

The joyful tune sounds like an instant country classic for sure, and who could have thought that the drug revolution would have come from two octogenarians? (Willie is 81, Merle 78)… We live in a weed culture, and for once, we got grandpas for leaders!

From A Post-MusiCares Conversation with Bill Flanagan

By admin | February 14, 2015

Back then, though, Buck and Merle were closely associated; two of a kind. They defined the Bakersfield sound. Buck reached out to me in those days, and lifted up my spirits when I was down, I mean really down

The 99 Best Country Songs of the 1900s

By Steve Crawford | November 10, 2013

This is a primer for all country friends and wannabe country fans out there. You don’t know where to start on your country collection, start in the 20th Century and start here