Thursday, October 17 2013
Merle Haggard’s music helped invent the America we live in today. David Cantwell explores the fascinating contradictions that define not only Haggard’s music and public persona, but the very heart of American culture.
Tuesday, December 6 2011
At first it seemed like an especially quiet year in country music, and in some ways it might have been. At the same time, country is country: it rolls on.
Tuesday, December 14 2010
The synthesis of the past, present and future is so much of what country music is about these days. The traditions haven’t disappeared, but the music is changing all of the time.
Monday, May 10 2010
The legendary "poet of the common man" talks to PopMatters about the state of country music today, his friendship with Johnny Cash and why he hasn’t liked a president since Ronald Reagan.
Sunday, October 13 2013
Merle Haggard's restlessness breaks him out of one prison and sends him towards another.
Monday, May 12 2014
David Cantwell writes from the heart and the results are, like the subject, highly unconventional and completely memorable.
Thursday, November 7 2013
Haggard and his songs managed to leave a far greater impression than the over-the-top venue.
Thursday, October 6 2011
Merle Haggard's new album sounds good, but doesn't add anything to his legacy.
Wednesday, April 21 2010
Haggard and band sound like they had a heck of a time making this album.
Tuesday, November 20 2007
Hag's Christmas may be light on Christmas cheer, but it sure is pretty in its holiday loneliness.
Wednesday, March 28 2012
LOS ANGELES — Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and other pioneers of West Coast country music are getting a much-deserved salute in Nashville with an expansive new
Tuesday, April 27 2010
INDIO, Calif. — Parking was a journey to the dark side for all concerned this weekend. Several acres were set aside for free parking for those
Monday, April 28 2008
It's no use trying to pigeonhole an outlaw. Not when he's Merle Haggard. Haggard is a rollickin' renegade whose recent effort is a mellow bluegrass