Thursday, April 07, 2016

RIP, Merle Haggard

I'm not a big country music guy, but Merle Haggard transcended genre labels:


He died yesterday, on his 79th birthday. He wasn't Nashville, he was Bakersfield, and that made a big difference. He was also prolific and his music is widely available. He's always worth your time.

3 comments:

R.A. Crankbait said...

Merle was a common soundtrack around my house growing up. Which might be why this song has always been the first thing I think of when his name is mentioned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhpq2oDPT9w

Gino said...

Okie from Muskogee is one of the earliest songs I can remember. I loved it when it came on the radio, tho I was just kid and had no clue whatsoever what the song meant. I just kept singing it.

Mr. D said...

Man, hadn't heard that one in years, Crankbait!