In case you didn’t know about the two criminals Bonnie and Clyde, Merle Haggard narrates their story in his song “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde.” Written by Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens, “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde” was ...

As the Christmas holidays approach, Christmas music dominates every house in town. Indeed, ‘tis the season to be jolly… Well, quite, but not yet! Before we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we first get to be thankful ...

In 2001, Merle Haggard released an album of gospel songs called Cabin in the Hills. It features a mix of original Merle Haggard songs and traditional ballads arranged by the country legend himself – this includes “Take My Hand, Precious ...

At some point in his life, Merle Haggard once imagined Heaven’s pure bliss in “What Will It Be Like.” While Haggard is hardly ever mentioned in the same breath as performers like the Carter Family in the archives of gospel ...

Merle Haggard’s shelf is surely full to bursting from the many honors and awards for his music. He’s a three-time Grammy winner, Country Music Hall of Famer, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, recipient of more than two dozen awards from ...

On April 6, 2016, the country music community lost one of its legendary singers. After a series of health struggles, Merle Haggard died of pneumonia at his ranch in Palo Cedro, California. What’s even unfortunate is that the day he ...

Merle Haggard has rightfully earned his perpetual spot among the greatest artists in the genre, leaving behind a magnificent and memorable legacy – and of course, some of the most iconic tunes we could only hope for.  On top of ...

Through splendid Merle Haggard songs, the Okie From Muskogee turned out to be one of the most influential artists in country music. His standard country sound became the foundation for songs that would ultimately grow into country classics and American ...

The Grand Ole Opry is without a doubt the beating heart of Nashville and country music. And it will be celebrating its foundational role in music history this fall, with a remarkable milestone of hosting its 5000th Saturday-night broadcast with ...

Time and again, country songwriters have impressed fans and listeners with the timeless appeal of their pieces. From simple stories strummed over the guitar to complex narratives told in complicated melodies, these songwriters never fail to craft the lyrics and ...

Of course, the key to being a country superstar is to be a talented vocalist. But there’s a little extra something with those male country singers with deep voice that makes fans go wild.  While some may have had low ...

The warm sun on your skin, the relaxing sound of the beach waves, the fresh smell of the salt in your hair – there’s probably nothing more comforting than spending a day at your favorite beach. And surely, things would ...

It’s amazing how country gospel songs can affect anyone who hears them – country fan or not. They work wonders in touching those feelings of hope that we need to be reminded of in moments of failure and change – ...

An intriguing single, Merle Haggard’s ‘Sing Me Back Home’ brings old memories from the past. It’s not every day you get to hear a theme that doesn’t involve love and breakup. And that’s what Merle’s song is all about. Based ...

Ben Haggard’s ‘Sing Me Back Home’ cover contributes to his father’s legacy, Merle Haggard. The son of the country music hall of fame singer went a long way to keep his father’s music alive. Since Merle’s death, Ben stepped forward ...

In 1975, Merle Haggard and country band The Strangers covered the song “Kentucky Gambler.” It was released as a single from one of his most commercially successful albums, Keep Movin’ On. The song became a No. 1 hit on Billboard ...

Merle Haggard took one last look at his time in Bakersfield, California during the late 1970s through the song “Kern River Blues.” Before Haggard’s tragic passing on April 6, 2019, the country legend spent a good chunk of his energy ...

Just in case you needed proof of how skilled Merle Haggard was as a singer and songwriter, look no further than his song “Big City.” Released in 1982 as the second single from his album of the same name, the ...

Out of all of Merle Haggard’s many songs that celebrate the working man, none is more renowned than his single “Workin’ Man Blues.”  The song was released in 1969 – during Haggard’s early peak – as the second single from ...

Do you remember when Reba McEntire paid tribute to the late Merle Haggard with a “Mama Tried” cover, leaving everyone in tears? It was one of the most powerful and heartfelt tributes to the man who has poured his heart ...

Isn’t it amazing when the classic meets modern? Well, that’s just what happened when two country superstars took the stage for the iconic song “Mama Tried.  In 2004, during Willie Nelson’s concert, Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels at ...

Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson teamed up on several occasions through the years and were able to release numerous collaborative albums. And without a doubt, “Pancho and Lefty” is the most iconic one out there. Released in 1983, the song ...

Fifty years ago, Merle Haggard – one of the originals of outlaw country – introduced “The Fightin’ Side of Me” to the world. The song was a follow-up single to the similarly patriotic “Okie From Muskogee,” which had catapulted Haggard ...

The country music industry lost someone very special when legendary singer, Merle Haggard, passed away at the age of 79 on his 79th birthday. Most people know him because of his huge success as a country musician. Merle Haggard songs ...

Almost everyone knows that the “Okie from Muskogee” has married five times, but not much has been known about Merle Haggard’s children. Did you know that they are as musically talented as their father? Most of them are even following ...

Merle Haggard, the legendary country singer, and songwriter passed away on his 79th birthday after a series of health issues, including double pneumonia. He left behind his fifth wife, Theresa Ann Lane, whom he was married for a total of ...

It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad) In 1973, Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart with “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad).” The title track was the lead-off single which also reached #1 and ...

Johnny Cash was first seen by the inmate Merle Haggard at San Quentin on January 1, 1958. The concert helped the latter change his life forever. Via selvedgeyard.com Merle Haggard The death of Merle Haggard’s father deeply affected him. He ...

In “Mama Tried,” country singer Merle Haggard focuses on the suffering he caused his own mother by being incarcerated in 1957. However, the song is not a resemblance to the singer’s life and experiences because they were different from the ...

The best thing about music is that it serves as a voice for people who cannot express themselves or people who want to talk about a certain topic that is controversial or sensitive to talk about. During the old days ...

Have you ever been branded with something because of what you did in the past? Maybe you can relate to Merle Haggard’s 1967 classic hit. The track was part of his Branded Man album and it talks about his experience ...

Merle Haggard was one of the numerous country legends who has played an important role in Country music. He spent  53 years of his life on recording and performing his unforgettable songs. Thus, he does not only sing or perform ...

Merle Haggard was one of the great American country artists back in 1937 to 2016. During his musical career, he received major awards from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. ...

Merle Haggard is one of the legendary singers that most of us know. He established his name in the country music industry with hits such as “Mama Tried,” “Sing Me Back Home,” and more. His songs are standard in country ...

The song “Sing Me Back Home” was originally sung and written by Merle Haggard. It was written for his fellow prisoners in San Quentin State Prison. The song had numerous covers including Don Williams’. Check out the story told by ...

May is made for of our mamas. It’s the month where we recognize the hard work of the woman who raised us up, although they shouldn’t be recognized just once a year but every day. Mother’s day only highlights their ...

This is Merle Haggard’s 27th chart-topping song. As you can see in the title, the singer detailed his life living in a big city, specifically Detroit. But, what does this country outlaw singer really feel with the whole urban life? ...

“I Saw the Light” is one of the greatest gospel songs written and recorded by Hank Williams. It shows us what God can really do in our life. His guiding light will always lead us to a sinless life. God’s ...

“Mama Tried” was a song penned by the legendary country singer Merle Haggard in 1968. He recorded the song with his band the Strangers. The result was another number one on both the US and Canadian country charts. Haggard’s song ...

Most people know Him by name while others know Him by face but, how deep do you really know God? Do you even remember the sacrifices that He has made for mankind? If not, then you should go to church ...

It is not every day that you go and meet one of your biggest idols. Mo Pitney, a breakout country star, sure seized his moment when he met his idol. Often regarded as a traditional country artist because of his ...

Winning an award is both a privilege and an honor because you will be recognized for your hard work. Moreover, it is a form of bragging rights that you’ve stood out from the other artist. Anyway, some people say that ...

On this day and age, people are having issues with themselves. We mostly see this among teens battling with raging hormones and probably, peer pressure. With music being one of the most influential things in one’s life, it is good ...

Behind all great songs and singers is a songwriter who worked hard to give us something worth listening. Without the songwriters, we would not be able to have the songs we love. That is why, like Jamey Johnson, we must ...

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were friends since 1964. They met when they were playing a poker game. This led to a friendship that lasted until the death of Haggard in 2016. Before Haggard’s death, the two have recorded an ...

How do you handle a breakup or any problem you have? Do you often talk to a friend or family member? Do you work more hours to make you forget about what you are going through? Or, do you drown ...

Nowadays, we see a lot of protesters on the streets, and most of them are teenagers. Also, some adults join them in this chaotic event. Hence, you will ask yourself, “what is happening to the world right now?” Anyhow, being ...

The Grand Ole Opry Performance On March 27, 2018, Chris Janson and Jamey Johnson performed one of Merle Haggard’s songs, “Footlights.” on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Their performance was amazing, with a solo guitar performance by Johnson. Every word in ...

Perhaps one of the most anticipated (if not the most anticipated) performances of country artists is that of the King of Country, George Strait. Well, he is not dubbed “the king” for nothing. Fans and artists alike idolize him because ...

Routine is not what we all want to experience in our life. We have this inner voice inside of us that wants to be set free and live in the wild. We are born to be free and explore life. ...

From the creative pen of Paul Overstreet, “How Do I Wrap My Heart Up for Christmas” is one of those rare Randy Travis Christmas songs from his 1989 album, “An Old Time Christmas.” As we patiently wait and expect Travis’ recovery, we’re on ...

Only a few people know that the brother duo, The Everly Brothers, were inducted in both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As much as this fact is known only to a ...

There is no doubt that Ben Haggard is as great as his late father, Merle Haggard. Ben has been inspired by his father. He worked as the lead guitarist of his father’s band. In addition, Ben worked with other artists. ...

Daddy Frank’s Backstory “Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)” is a song that was written and recorded by one of the most talented stars in country music, Merle Haggard and The Strangers. This was the lead single off their 1971 album ...

Our respective sanctuary is a place where we can unwind, relax, and feel at ease when everything else seems to fall apart. Hence, it is the place where we can find unconditional love, especially when the world turns its back ...

The Making of “That’s the Way Love Goes” Merle Haggard always knew how to make a great cover of a classic song. “That’s the Way Love Goes” was written in 1973 by the legendary Lefty Frizzell and songwriter Sanger D. ...

For the beginning part of the 1980s, Merle Haggard was a kind of slump when it comes to songwriting. However, two events helped break that block. One, a challenge that Leona Williams unconsciously gave during their marriage. Two, a rekindled ...

No matter where you go or whomever you ask, Merle Haggard will always be considered as one of country music’s greatest singers. He achieved many accolades, performed songs that people loved, and inspired younger generations. Therefore, losing him was a devastating ...

The Everly Brothers are known in fusing country and rock’n’roll together. Their capacity to do so led them to be inducted in both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here, we’ll take ...

For those wondering what in the world does “C.C. Waterback” mean, it simply refers to Canadian Club Whiskey. With that said, the song is a drinking tune. Merle Haggard wrote it and co-recorded with fellow country music icon George Jones. ...