Flashback: Outlaw Merle Haggard Plays a Police Officer

October 2, 2015

With three albums released in 1968 (all of which contained a Number One hit), Merle Haggard was well on his way to becoming one of country music's biggest stars of the 20th century – a phenomenal achievement especially considering that at the beginning...


Merle Haggard Bashes Tailgate-Screwing Music

September 4, 2015

Merle Haggard is one of the most name-checked singers in modern country music, honored by a string of songs — including Eric Church's "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" and Mo Pitney's "I Met Merle Haggard Today" — that tip their hats to...


Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Team for Fall Tour

August 26, 2015

Two months after the release of Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are hitting the highway for a joint tour.  The shows run from October 15th through November 28th, mostly centered around multipurpose arenas whose seating...


Merle Haggard: 'Prison Is the Biggest Business in America'

August 4, 2015

Merle Haggard has changed his stance on pot smoking since his "Okie From Muskogee" days. The former anti-hippy and right wing hero is now putting the bake back in Bakersfield with Willie Nelson on their recent collaboration, "It's All Gone to Pot." "At...


See Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's Tropical 'Alice' Video

June 26, 2015

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard team up for some pickin' & grinnin' in paradise in their new video for "Alice in Hulaland." Filmed in Hawaii, Nelson's home-away-from-the-road, the clip is filled with sunshine, sand and smiles from...

Album Review

Django and Jimmie

June 2, 2015

Willie and Merle coined the modern country-bromance LP with their 1983 hit Pancho & Lefty; their latest looks back. The title — referring to Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, major influences on both men — suggests...


Watch Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Light Up, Record Album

April 29, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have teamed up over the years, from their 1983 classic "Pancho and Lefty" to their Last of the Breed album and tour with Ray Price, but as Haggard has said, they only do it when the material is right. The duo...


Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Team for Duets Album

April 15, 2015

Not every outlaw rides alone.  On June 2nd, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard will release Django and Jimmie, an album of country duets, cover songs and newly-penned originals. Recorded in less than a week, it's the latest in a long line...


Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves Lead Willie Nelson's Picnic

March 30, 2015

In 1973, just four years after Woodstock, the most iconic American music festival of its kind, country star Willie Nelson hosted his first-ever Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside the state's capital city of Austin. In 2015,...


Flashback: George Jones Gets 'Lucky' With Haggard Song

February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th has long been considered unlucky — unless you're spending the day listening to George Jones. His 1983 chart-topper, "I Always Get Lucky With You," was a tune that not only proved fortunate for the singer, it also became a money-maker...


30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn't Hear

August 6, 2015

The great tragedy of music is that so many high-quality albums go unheard. Blame it on the glut of material released every year or the fact that the majority of artists don't have the big-budget promotional push to bring their records to the...


Watch Mo Pitney Sing About Meeting Merle Haggard

July 24, 2015

When Mo Pitney was 12 years old he had a "boxer's fracture," a broken arm in a cast that went from his elbow to over the ring and pinky finger on his right hand. That didn't stop him from learning to play guitar and eventually moving on to banjo....


Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Album Debuts at Number One

June 10, 2015

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have made their way back to the top of the heap. Their duets album, Django and Jimmie, has debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and in the Number Seven spot on the all-genre Billboard...


Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: Pancho and Lefty Ride Again

May 26, 2015

"Hello, I know you!" Merle Haggard says as he emerges from the bedroom of his tour bus. He's talking to Willie Nelson, who's sitting in the bus's cramped front quarters. Standing nearby, Nelson's wife, Annie, asks the pair if they'll sign a couple of...


Merle Haggard Graduates High School

April 28, 2015

Merle Haggard is a three-time Grammy winner, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. The legendary "poet of the common man" also holds an honorary doctorate...


See Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Spark Up in New Video

April 20, 2015

Today, on what just happens to be 4/20, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have premiered the video for their new single "It's All Going to Pot." The first released song from their upcoming duets album, Django and Jimmie, the propulsive track was written...


12 Most Badass Merle Haggard Prison Songs

April 6, 2015

When Merle Haggard sings about life behind bars, he's playing three chords and the truth. He served almost three years in California's maximum-security facility San Quentin for burglary before being paroled in 1960. But while Haggard may...

Live Review

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Trade Hits in Texas

March 30, 2015

Capping three evening pairings with Willie Nelson at WhiteWater Amphitheater on Saturday, 15 minutes outside the Central Texas river-tubing paradise of New Braunfels, Merle Haggard thought the audience wasn't being responsive enough to his "we don't smoke...


Bob Dylan Raves About Springsteen, Downplays Haggard Feud

February 13, 2015

Bob Dylan delivered a memorable, riveting 30-minute acceptance speech at last week's all-star MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony, thanking his early supporters and the artists who covered his work and denouncing "detractors" like...