For this Merle Haggard revival to really make a difference, someone is going to have to honor Merle in the modernizing way Merle paid tribute to Lefty and Rodgers and so many more. Time to get to work.
What happens after the last notes of “Sweet Betsy from Pike” fade away? Eric Brace and Karl Straub tell the story with folk-opera Hangtown Dancehall.
In 1989, Suzy Bogguss earned her first hit with a version of Merle Haggard’s “Somewhere Between.” 25 years later, she’s returned to Merle’s music on the loving tribute album Lucky.
Ray Price, whose intense-yet-intimate vocals were regarded, on his early hard-shuffle country hits and on his later string-swollen Nashville Sound recordings, as the apotheosis of both honky-tonk traditionalism and crossover countrypolitan, has passed away.
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