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Merle Haggard

Prince: Dearly Beloved -- Nothing Compares 2 U

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Khanh Ho

Everybody has remarked upon it: It seems like all the great musical stars of our age are dying this year -- David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and now, most recently, Prince. These deaths cut deeply for people of my generation, because many of these musicians are no longer distant figures in the past.

Remembering Merle Haggard: His Music Meant a Lot to a Lot of People

OurPaths.com | Posted 04.12.2016 | Entertainment
OurPaths.com

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dallas music critic Michael Granberry reflects on the passing of country music great Merle Haggard. By MICHAEL GRANBERRY Back in 2008...

Week to Week News Quiz for 4/8/16

John Zipperer | Posted 04.08.2016 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Find out if Bernie Sanders thinks you're qualified to opine on the week's events by taking our latest Week to Week News Quiz. Here are some random bu...

Requiem For A Heavyweight: Merle Haggard

Dan Rather | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Dan Rather

I subscribe to the old theory that if you really want to know what's going on in our United States -- if you want to understand the hearts and minds of a large segment of America at any given moment -- listen to country music and you'll know.

Merle Haggard and Me....

Neil J. Kirk | Posted 04.06.2016 | Entertainment
Neil J. Kirk

He'll tell you he's a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion.

If Anyone Ever Sung Himself Back Home, It Was Merle Haggard -- and Sure, Let's Talk 'Okie,' Too

David Hinckley | Posted 04.06.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Merle Haggard once sang "I never hang my hat on the same nail too long," and his life story said that was true, except for one part.

Country Legend Merle Haggard Dead At 79

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment

Merle Haggard died Wednesday after battling double pneumonia, his manager confirmed to TMZ. The country singer died at his home in California on his 7...

Almost Everyone Was Wrong About 'Hee Haw'

Roy Clark | Posted 12.07.2015 | Entertainment
Roy Clark

Hee Haw was a concept that nobody (including myself) thought would ever succeed. Some feared the proposed television program would set the burgeoning country music industry back 25 years.

The True Story Behind 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer'

Oral Fixation | Posted 02.16.2015 | Comedy
Oral Fixation

I'm tempted to say that when I was growing up in Kentucky in the 1950s, Christmas was a simpler affair. But of course it was simpler -- I was a kid! I had no responsibility but to sit and wait for Christmas to happen.

How I Dodged Barbies and Boy Bands

Mara Menachem | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Mara Menachem

My diverse taste in music, art and film is due to their influence, and my natural sense of style created out of these components. It wasn't intentional, but my big brothers made me pretty darn cool.

Carlene Carter and the Unbroken Circle

Michael Simmons | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Simmons

If there's a better hardcore country record in 2014 than Carlene Carter's Carter Girl, I haven't heard it.

Conversations With The Amity Affliction's Ahren Stringer, Danny Griego, Ben Arthur and Jolie Holland

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jolie Holland: "Songs come to me when I'm walking down the street or riding the subway. I haven't tried to write a song since I was 14. Ever since then, I make them come get me."

Paying Your (Un)Fair Share on Tax Day

Martha Burk | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

We keep hearing that if corporations have to pay more taxes, the economy will suffer, because they won't hire more workers. Well, if you hadn't noticed, for the last five years they've hardly been on a hiring spree.

The Day the Rains Came to CA, Mother Earth Smiled Again

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If my dad, Carl Sigman, were around on the day the rains came to California last month in the midst of the worst drought the state has seen in centuries, he might have said, 'Mother Earth smiled again.'

Dog Ears Music: Resolution & Regret Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons, Talking Heads, and more.

Happy Father's Day to Mom

Don McNay | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Don McNay

Father's Day is an empty day for a lot of people. We have a nation being raised by single mothers who are stepping up to the plate and filling both roles.

Honky Tonk: Chatting With Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Plus Longreef's 'She Likes The Ladies' Video Exclusive and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Aussie rock band Longreef are back on the road in support of their latest EP Dirty Motel. The band recently shot a video for their second single "She Likes The Ladies," the song being a crowd favorite.

Chris O'Dowd Rocks Out in The Sapphires

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.20.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

As the manager of a girl band looking, Dave Lovelace (Chris O'Dowd) teaches the four Aboriginal singers the distinction between country western and soul music: both are about loss, but in country western they just resign themselves to it and whine.

Scotty McCreery's Christmas EPK Exclusive, Plus A Conversation With Danny O'Keefe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Back on November 13th, Christmas With Scotty McCreery was the subject of an interview with the young American Idol winner and country music star. As we're getting closer to the holidays, Scotty offered this glimpse into his Christmasness with this exclusive EPK...

Summer Beats With Jerrod Niemann, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser & Pepsico's Shiv Singh, Plus A Chat With Gloriana's Mike Gossin

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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WATCH: Merle Haggard On Why He's Still Touring At 75

Posted 05.29.2012 | Fifty

"That's what I'm for, that's what I do," Merle Haggard, "poet of the common man," said about the music that has catapulted him to stardom. "The H...

CRIME PLAYLIST: Musicians Who Did Hard Time

Posted 04.12.2012 | Crime

You've been charged with good taste in music. The only way to avoid hard time is to listen to this playlist. Jokes aside, between David Crosby's ni...

7 Songs In Honor Of County Music Legend Merle Haggard's Birthday

Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment

On this day, 75 years ago, legendary country music singer Merle Haggard was born. For the younger generation, who may not be privy to the classics pu...

A Brief History of Loving or Leaving America

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Michael Sigman

"America: Love It or Leave It" exemplifies the "either-or" (or "black and white") fallacy. Like another '50s/'60s slogan, the anti-Communist "Better dead than red," there are obviously more than two choices.

John Mayer & Martin Guitar: Chats With Chris Martin & Fred Greene, Plus Chatting With Alyssa Graham (Video Exclusives)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Here Fred Greene goes into Martin's new John Mayer Signature Guitar and explains what it is that separates it from all others.