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Thursday, October 17 2013

Merle Haggard: The Running Kind

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

The Best Country Music of 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 Best Country Music of 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

He Is What He Is: The Merle Haggard Interview

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.


Columns

Sunday, October 13 2013

Getting Gone: David Cantwell's Take on the Iconic Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard's restlessness breaks him out of one prison and sends him towards another.


Reviews

Thursday, November 7 2013

Merle Haggard: 31 October 2013 - Carmel, IN

Haggard and his songs managed to leave a far greater impression than the over-the-top venue.


Thursday, October 6 2011

Merle Haggard: Working in Tennessee

Merle Haggard's new album sounds good, but doesn't add anything to his legacy.


Wednesday, April 21 2010

Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am

Haggard and band sound like they had a heck of a time making this album.


Tuesday, November 20 2007

Merle Haggard: Hag's Christmas

Hag's Christmas may be light on Christmas cheer, but it sure is pretty in its holiday loneliness.


Sunday, October 14 2007

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price: Last of the Breed [DVD]

These three graying men are the true, diehard troubadours. This concert DVD will surely bless your little heart if you happen to be the last of another breed: the traditional country music fan.


News

Wednesday, March 28 2012

The Bakersfield Sound gets its due in Nashville exhibit

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

On the bus with Merle Haggard at Stagecoach 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

Merle Haggard may have mellowed a bit, but continues to speak his mind

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


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