Tag Archives: Merle Haggard

Apr
2

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In ‘Buck ‘Em,’ Buck Owens Tells His Life Story – Book Review

Buck Owens is Bakersfield. The city might have already been on the map but Buck Owens created the Bakersfield sound. He called the spare sound of pedal steel and twangy guitars “American Music” but it was an important counterpoint to the more slickly produced sides coming from Music Row in Nashville.

You can’t talk about one without the other.

Now a decade after his death, Buck Owens’ autobiography Buck ‘Em is out in trade paperback. And it’s a worthy read.

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Mar
16

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John Anderson To Release New Single Penned By Merle Haggard

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Country chart-topper John Anderson’s new single “Magic Mama,” penned by Merle Haggard just for Anderson, is now impacting radio. The feel-good anthem is the latest single from Anderson’s critically acclaimed album, Goldmine, which was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums of 2015.”

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Nov
8

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The Night Country Got Its Soul Back: Chris Stapleton & Justin Timberlake Resurrect Country’s Great Rhythm & Blues Legacy

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“Sing it,” you could hear someone shout from the bandstand urging Chris Stapleton on during “Tennessee Whiskey.”

“Break it down one more time,” Justin Timberlake commanded the rhythm section during “Drink You Away.”

It was the night Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake took Nashville to church at the Country Music Association Awards. The two pretty much upended the formula of country pop and made Jason Aldean with his pyrotechnics and Florida Georgia Line, trying hard to be coiffed, seem downright silly. As Nashville producer Buddy Cannon said later on Facebook, “the pendulum swings.” It only took about eight minutes for it happen.

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Oct
8

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Don Henley Talks About Land and Hopes and Dreams

Don Henley still can remember the smell of fresh dirt when he played as a child. And lying on his back in the big corn field of his family’s farm, he would gaze up to the expansive blue Texas skies. The stalks of corn looked like skyscrapers to the young boy.

“It wasn’t like the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ where baseball players were coming out of the corn but it gave me a place to dream,” the native Texan reflected during his visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. “When the mind opens up you can think and dream.”

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Sep
11

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Merle Haggard On Touring At 78, Sturgill Simpson And The Nashville Way – Interview

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At 78 years of age, Merle Haggard is not slowing down. “My family won’t let me sink back in the chair,” he jokes. “They want me to be a young grandpa.”

The truth is that the legend has seen a thing or two in his day. With a career spanning from the early sixties to Django and Jimmie, his most recent release with Willie Nelson, Haggard has put 76 studio albums, 48 compilation albums, and 38 #1 singles on the shelves.

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Jun
11

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Billboard Chart Roundup – Week of June 20th, 2015

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So much for support for Tomatoes. This week and last week have seen very little change when it comes to women’s placement on the charts, and now that the controversy has died down, I can’t see much changing next week either. Still, we do at least have Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush’ holding #1 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, while Sam Hunt’s ‘Take Your Time’ just beats them out to the top spot on Country Streaming Songs for another week. ‘Take Your Time’ also remains at #2 on Hot Country Songs while ‘House Party’ continues to rise, indicating that we’re going to see a lot more dominance from Sam Hunt in the foreseeable future. Florida Georgia Line are this week’s Country Airplay #1 with ‘Sippin’ On Fire’, adding to the bro power, but luckily Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s duets album ‘Django & Jimmie’ has debuted at #1 on Top Country Albums. Other new album releases include Billy Currington’s ‘Summer Forever’ (#3), Gloriana’s ‘Three’ (#13), Kane’s ‘Closer EP’ (#22), Logan Brill’s ‘Shuteye’ (#37), and finally Loretta Lynn’s ‘Hymns & Gospel Favorites’ (#49). Read on for the full charts!

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Jun
2

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 2nd June, 2015

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I wonder, will someone else ever take #1 on Country Albums? The Shires seem to have it down, with ‘Brave (Deluxe)’ holding onto it for weeks and the standard edition bringing up the rear at #6. Will Taylor Swift ever not dominate the top 25? She continues she sell bucket loads of back catalogue, this week with ‘Red’ at #2, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #4, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #8, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #10, ‘Fearless’ at #11 and finally ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ at #16. Johnny Cash, too, retains his reputation of chart mainstay, as ‘The Man Comes Around’ charts at #3, ‘The Essential Johnny Cash’ is at #13, and ‘The Legend of Johnny Cash’ is at #14. And naturally, Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ is at #9.

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Jun
2

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Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard ‘Django & Jimmie’ – Album Review

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First off, I’d just like to say: THANK GOD FOR WILLIE NELSON and MERLE HAGGARD! There, now that we have that out of the way, let’s continue. It was announced earlier this year that Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were teaming up for another collaborative album, and the cheers were deafening. When you see Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard on a project, it’s guaranteed to be great, but when you see that they’re teaming up together for a project, you know it’s going to be legendary. Two of the founding fathers of Outlaw Country Music, Haggard and Nelson, cumulatively, have more than a century’s worth of musical experience. Django and Jimmie is the 6th collaboration for Willie and Merle, and comes 32 years after their critically acclaimed record, Pancho and Lefty. It reignites the musical chemistry the two legends share.
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