Monday December 15th 2008, 2:04 pm
Merle Haggard Goes Twang
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This edition of our Twang Series focuses on the great Merle Haggard: a musician and songwriter who actually lived through many of the hard times and heartaches that serve as the subjects to his most famous songs. In other words, Hag has street cred. He spent his formative years in and out of jail and eventually landed a 3-year stint in San Quentin Prison (where he saw Johnny Cash perform) before leaving his criminal life behind and deciding to get into the music business. Since then, he has become one of the most acclaimed songwriters in music history and even helped create an entirely new subgenre of country music (the “Bakersfield Sound”). Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, the Flying Burrito Brothers and others help us pay homage to him on our Merle Haggard Goes Twang mixtape. Check it out after the jump.

Merle Haggard Goes Twang: A When You Awake Mixtape

1. International Submarine Band- I Must Be Somebody Else You’ve Known
2. Everly Brothers- Mama Tried
3. Emmylou Harris- Bottle Let Me Down
4. Steve Young- Shopping For Dresses
5. Lucinda Williams- You Don’t Have Very Far To Go
6. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy- The Way I Am
7. Flying Burrito Brothers- Sing Me Back Home
8. Waylon Jennings and Anita Carter- All Of Me Belongs To You
9. Willie Nelson- Today I Started Loving You Again
10. Richard and Linda Thompson- I’m Turning Off A Memory
11. The Byrds- Life In Prison
12. Grateful Dead with the Beach Boys- Okie From Muskogee

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[…] their version featuring the Grateful Dead (that Mike Love mentions), you can check it out on our Merle Haggard Goes Twang mixtape.  Also-”Heroes and Villains” from the same Central Park concert is after the […]

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I’m damn sure Steve Young could have made a career out of playing only Merle Haggard songs. His renditions are rare examples of covers being as good or better than the originals.

Comment by Peter 07.19.09 @ 2:41 am

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