Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard And Their Decades-Long Friendship In “Unfair Weather Friend”

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard + Unfair Weather Friend
by

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard collaborated for the sixth and final time (as Haggard would pass away ten months after the album’s release) with Django and Jimmie under Legacy Recordings. It was 14 tracks long with two features: Jamey Johnson for the first single, “It’s All Going to Pot,” and Bobby Bare for “Missing ‘ol Johnny Cash.” But one track stood out among the rest, and it’s “Unfair Weather Friend.”

Meaning Behind the Song 

“Unfair Weather Friend” is a play on “Fair Weather Friend.” It’s a salute to all those friends who you can count on for everything, especially when life gets too hard, and you’re pressed down on your luck. The song was written by Marla Cannon-Goodman, the daughter of Nelson’s longtime producer (and also the producer of this song and album), Buddy Cannon, and Ward Davis.

In an Instagram post in 2021, Cannon-Goodman shared a version of her song and the inspiration behind it. She wrote in the caption, “I wrote this song with Ward Davis. I was telling him about my friendship with Amy. I’m very fortunate to have the best friends anyone could ever ask for.” 

And Nelson and Haggard were also that to each other. According to Nelson, they first met at a poker game at his house in Nashville in the early ‘60s, and they always had a lot in common. They connected, and in the ‘80s, Haggard came to stay with him in Texas. They spent a lot of time together, enjoying each other’s company and making music. 

Their friendship was “a bond that went a long way” – forged through poker games, jamming sessions, shared experiences, and a lot of jokes. And it was a friendship that endured a lifetime. 

RELATED: 18 Heartwarming Country Songs Celebrating Best Friends for Your Playlist

Nelson opened the song, singing of a soaking wet, beat-down day and how he knew his friend would let him in if he showed up at his door. Haggard took on the next verse, matching Nelson’s, describing a lonely Friday night, and on the other end of the phone was his come whatever unfair weather friend. 

As the song progressed, they traded vocal lines, singing that no matter what happens, they knew they’d have each other. 

We hope that, like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, you have your own “Unfair Weather Friend.” Listen to the tune below.  

Latest Stories

Watch George Jones as He Pays Tribute To Conway Twitty With "Hello Darlin'"

George Jones Honors Conway Twitty with Powerful Rendition of ‘Hello Darlin’

Days after the world lost the legendary Conway Twitty, another country legend paid tribute to the late singer with an emotional rendition of his iconic “Hello Darlin’,” and it’s none ...

Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” Says Alcohol Can’t Heal Wounds

Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” Says Alcohol Can’t Heal Wounds

Still not feeling numb after five drinks? If you’re trying to move on from a heartbreak, we hate to break it to you, but Merle Haggard’s lyrics in “Tonight the ...

5 Ashley Cooke Facts You Need to Know

5 Ashley Cooke Facts You Need to Know

On the road to becoming a country breakout star, Ashley Cooke is an up-and-coming artist who is known for her smash hit “Your Place” in 2023. She brings down-to-earth vibes ...

Huercasa Country Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Huercasa Country Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Huercasa Country Festival 2024Festival Duration: July 5-7, 2024Venue: Las Delicias Municipal Soccer Field in Riaza, Segovia, SpainPerformers Include: Kaitlin Butts,  Myron Elkins, A Thousand Horses, The Wonder Women ...

Under The Big Sky 2024: What You Need To Know

Under The Big Sky 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Under The Big Sky 2024Festival Duration:July 12-14, 2024Venue:Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish, MontanaPerformers Include:Billy Strings, Miranda Lambert, Turnpike Troubadours, and moreTicket Information: Get Your Tickets Here It’s that time ...

Country Jam USA 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Jam USA 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Jam USA 2024Festival Duration: July 18-20, 2024Venue:Eau Claire Event District in Eau Claire, WisconsinPerformers Include:HARDY, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, and moreTicket Information:Ticket Information: Get Your Tickets Here ...

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024Festival Duration:July 11-14, 2024Venue:Craven World Campground in Craven, Saskatchewan, CanadaPerformers Include:Luke Combs, Nickelback, Dallas Smith, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Country Thunder Saskatchewan is ...

Windy City Smokeout 2024: What You Need To Know

Windy City Smokeout 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Windy City Smokeout 2024Festival Duration: July 11-14, 2024Venue: United Centre Parking Lot in Chicago, IllinoisPerformers Include: Thomas Rhett, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson, Carrie Underwood, and moreTicket Information: Get ...

Over 100,000 Fans Join George Strait As He Sang “Amarillo by Morning”

Over 100,000 Fans Join George Strait As He Sang “Amarillo by Morning”

George Strait bested both his indoor and outdoor record – and the fifty-year record of the largest attendance in the US – at his annual series of one-off performances during ...

Country Concert 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Concert 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Concert 2024Festival Duration: July 11-13, 2024Venue: Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Laramie, OhioPerformers Include:Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson, HARDY, and moreTicket Information: Get Your Tickets Here The Midwest’s ...