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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Watch Ray Scott Cover Haggard in Video Series

January 20, 2015

As Ray Scott gears up to release the next single from his eponymous new album, the traditional vocalist with the Mississippi-deep baritone is aiming to give country fans a taste of his influences and, in some cases, an education. Scott has recorded a...

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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,...

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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...

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Misfits, Merle Haggard Set for Big Music & Tattoo Fest

January 23, 2015

"In the land of Johnny Cash and Elvis" reads the top of the logo for the first annual Ink-N-Iron festival in Nashville. And its roster is filled with artists who pray to those two Tennessee deities… and a handful of singers who knew them. The...

2014

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Hear Over the Rhine Cover Haggard's 'December'

December 24, 2014

Over the Rhine's Blood Oranges in the Snow may be a Christmas album, but it's one that explores the bittersweet side of the holidays, long after the bells have stopped jingling. Bandmates Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist call it "reality Christmas...

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Chris Cornell, Wiz Khalifa Honor Country Music Greats

December 3, 2014

Merle Haggard, Wiz Khalifa and Chris Cornell walk into a Nashville symphony hall — though that sounds like it could have been the basis for one of host Larry the Cable guy's off-color jokes, it was actually just a snippet of the lineup from last...

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The 13 Greatest Country Songs for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014

For every song about heartache, drinking and tailgating, country music has a thankful tune. Few genres express gratitude quite as well, and with as much heartfelt emotion — whether it’s thanking God for the love of a good woman, the joy of...

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Allison Moorer Talks Divorce From Steve Earle, Son's Autism

September 26, 2014

In February 2010, when sultry Alabama-born singer Allison Moorer released her last album, Crows, she was married (to fellow musician Steve Earle) and was just two months away from the birth of the couple's son, John Henry. Now, nearly five years later,...

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Merle Haggard on Country Radio: 'Too Much Boogie'

August 26, 2014

At 77 years old, Merle Haggard is still the running kind — running from show to show at an age when most men might happily stick closer to home. The Country Music Hall of Famer, who plays Nashville's Ryman Auditorium this week and is also doing...

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Kristofferson to Be Lauded at ACM Honors

July 30, 2014

The ACM Honors — a continuation of this year's ACM Awards to hand out the Academy of Country Music's off-camera awards — has announced its honorees. Kris Kristofferson is one of four songwriters receiving the Poet's Award, Merle Haggard is...

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Flashback: Merle Haggard Forced to Unleash 'Fightin' Side'

December 23, 2014

It was 45 years ago today that Merle Haggard recorded his classic pro-military (and anti-protestors) tune, "The Fightin’ Side of Me." The song was to serve as the follow-up single to the similarly patriotic "Okie From Muskogee," which had,...

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Eric Church to Honor Merle Haggard at CMT 'Artists'

December 1, 2014

Eric Church will lead an all-star tribute to Merle Haggard during Tuesday night's CMT Artists of the Year broadcast. Haggard is set to receive the first-ever Artist of a Lifetime award during the live show. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia...

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Dierks Bentley Recalls His Biggest Celeb Freak-Outs

October 6, 2014

Not long after Dierks Bentley took the stage at the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas did he realize that his career had come full circle. "My very first concert was Dwight Yoakam," Bentley says, "so it was really cool to see him tonight." That's...

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Merle Haggard: 8 Amazing Moments of His Ryman Run

August 27, 2014

The best part of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum right now is probably an exhibit dedicated to the Bakersfield Sound, looking back on when artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens injected wiry electric Telecaster and old-time pedal...

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Buddy Holly Songs Get Country Spin

August 19, 2014

Buddy Holly's influence on generations of rock and country musicians has inspired various tribute projects in the 55 years since his death. On September 7th, on what would have been his 78th birthday, the Texas-born legend will be recognized with the...

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