Merle Haggard

House of Representatives Unanimously Votes to Name Bakersfield Post Office After Merle Haggard

In a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to rename a post office in Merle Haggard's hometown of Bakersfield…
Andy Cush / July 12, 2017

Review: Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Best Troubador Is a Thoughtful Exploration of Merle Haggard’s Rich Catalogue

The "alt-country" tag is a designation often applied to Will Oldham’s music, and yet the Louisville singer-songwriter rarely makes music that sounds like any known…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 4, 2017

Stream Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Merle Haggard Tribute Album Best Troubadour

It's no secret that Will Oldham is a lifelong fan of Merle Haggard, having interviewed him in print and covered his music live. When the country…
Rob Arcand / April 27, 2017

Jack White’s Massive American Epic Documentary Project Gets Release Date, First Trailer

The American Epic project--a three-pronged operation consisting of a recording project, three-part PBS miniseries, and feature film--is finally seeing the light of day. It's been gestating…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 19, 2017

Watch Bonnie “Prince” Billy Cover Merle Haggard’s “Bad Actor” While Accompanied by His Very Cute Dogs

"Hey, we think the Louisville musician known as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy should instead call himself King of the World!" Thus began an interview with Will…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 17, 2017

Sing Me Back Home: Crying a Few Real Tears for Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard died yesterday and I cried. It kinda snuck up on me. I was listening to him sing with the Strangers and my face…
Adam Weiner / April 7, 2016

Kacey Musgraves Remembers the Late, Great Merle Haggard

Outlaw country icon Merle Haggard died earlier today, on his 79th birthday. The "Okie From Muskogee" singer had been battling heath issues for much of…
James Grebey / April 6, 2016

Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies on His 79th Birthday

Update: Merle Haggard's son, Ben Haggard, posted a message to his Facebook page following his father's death. "A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass…
James Grebey / April 6, 2016

Merle Haggard Cancels New Mexico Show, Cites Health Reasons

Country icon Merle Haggard has been forced to cancel an upcoming performance at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico on January 30…
Rachel Brodsky / January 28, 2016

SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals

The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there…
Anthony Easton / July 1, 2015

‘We Butt Heads Like Hell’: Fathers, Their Children, and the Music They Make

Papa don't necessarily preach that their children possibly endure a lifetime of 352 days a year on the road, album sales that no longer pay…
Harley Brown / June 19, 2015

Keep Your Mellow Going With Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s ‘It’s All Going to Pot’

In their new song, "It's All Going to Pot," Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson team up for a #420-friendly anthem befitting the latter's legendary love…
Brennan Carley / April 20, 2015

Merle Haggard, ‘Working in Tennessee’ (Vanguard)

"If you find yourself in lockup, write a song about a jail," Merle Haggard croons on "Laugh It Off," sounding like he just sneaked out…
David Menconi / October 4, 2011

Merle Haggard, ‘I Am What I Am’ (Vanguard)

With Cash gone and Willie spent, hopes hang on Hag to deliver classic country, musically and poetically. And he doesn't disappoint, from the dobro-heavy "I've…
Peter Gerstenzang / April 20, 2010