Show #176 – Merle Haggard April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016

Amanda and I were just talking about the April 7 Bakersfield & Beyond show on the morning of April 6.  It was Merle’s birthday and we were hatching a plan for the show.  We were going to play the interview we conducted with Merle 6 years ago and then play some of Merles tunes by Merle and his band The Strangers and by other folks who recorded his songs.  Then not 2o minutes after we talked about that, the word was out on the internet that Merle had passed away peacefully with his family at his side.

We did all that and more.  We were pleased to have Ramblin’ Jack Elliott come on the air with us and tell us a few stories about his few interactions with Merle Haggard and opening for him.  Seems stories about Merle centered on meeting in Merle’s tour bus.  We also talked with Robert Price, the editor of the Bakersfield Californian and author of the book The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music.  Robert also talked a bit about Merle’s love of his tour bus and how Merle instructed his people to call the folks in Bakersfield first with news of his death.  Merle actually knew it was time and got help to get him into his tour bus where he passed away on April 6.

Thanks for the music, Merle.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bush Pilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Ferlin Husky Gone Swing West – Vol 1 Bakersfield Razor and Tie
Merle Haggard Mama Tried Mama Tried Capitol Records
Merle Haggard I Am What I Am I Am What I Am Vanguard Records
Merle Haggard Bill Woods from Bakersfield Let Me Tell You About A Song Capitol
Merle Haggard My Favorite Memory Country Big City
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel # 1 (T. for Texas) Blue Yodel – the Recorded Legacy Synergie OMP
Waylon Jennings Bob Wills Is Still The King The Essential Waylon Jennings Legacy Recordings
John Doe & The Sadies Are The Good Times Really Over For Good Country Club Yep Roc
Dave Alvin Kern River Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute To Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Dwight Yoakam Holding Things Together Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute To Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Merle Haggard & Johnny Cash I’m Leaving Now Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard Capitol
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