Archive for the ‘Merle Haggard’ Category

Merle Haggard – Willie Nelson – Johnny Paycheck – The Anaheim Stadium Concert (October 1980)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in Roanoke, VA (Oct. 19, 2018)

Friday, October 19th, 2018

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photo by:  Erica Yoon

On October 19, 2015, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard performed at the Berglund Center Coliseum.  Their album Django and Jimmie was No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart that year. The two last had a No. 1 album together in 1983 with Pancho & Lefty.

Willie Nelson, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone”

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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photo:  Janis Tillerson

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Poncho and Lefty” is #1 (July 23, 1983)

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

On July 23, 1983, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s recording of “Pancho And Lefty” moved to number one on the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on the Fourth of July (2015)

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

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photos: Janis Tillerson

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

In the Studio w/ Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard ‘Django and Jimmie

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Willie Nelson helps honor Merle Haggard (April 6, 2016)

Friday, April 6th, 2018

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by:  Andrew O’Brien

Two years ago today, on April 6th, 2016, outlaw country icon Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday. Haggard spent a lifetime playing country music, becoming a pioneering face of “outlaw country” and enjoying the success throughout a career that spanned over 50 years. He wrote countless beloved songs like “Okie From Muskogee”, “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”, “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Fightin’ Side Of Me,” “I Wonder If They Think of Me”, “Mama Tried”, and many more, and continued to work until his final days. Among his more recent (and popular) releases was Django and Jimmie, a 2015 album featuring Haggard and Willie Nelson. Watch the two lovable musical stoners record their track “It’s All Going To Pot” below:

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – “It’s All Going To Pot”

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In a Rolling Stone editorial published after Merle Haggard’s passing, Willie shared a few touching highlights from the two men’s decades-long friendship. He explained that while they had only recently released an album together, the two had been fast and fierce friends since meeting at a poker game in the early 60’s.

As Nelson recalled, “We always had a lot in common. We both hopped trains as kids. We both got our starts playing bass in other bands before stepping out on our own. We’d both been married for the last 20 years. We both had our sons playing guitar with us. Over the years, we played a lot of dates, a lot of poker. He was a great audience for my jokes. I told him recently, ‘You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend? Homeless,’ and he laughed.”

Nelson also talked about Haggard’s work ethic and dedication to his craft. “I always had a lot of admiration for him. He came onto the scene with a bang. He wrote more Number One songs than me, Kris [Kristofferson], anybody. He was a great one to follow. He was able to talk about his life in his songs intelligently and ingeniously, really.” Willie added that his favorite song by Haggard is “A Place to Fall Apart”.

 

 

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, in concert (April 4, 2015)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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WILLIE NELSON, MERLE HAGGARD & KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Sat Apr 4, 2015

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot”

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017

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Sunday, November 26th, 2017

photo by Benjamin Wick.

Willie Nelson, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone”

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Pancho and Lefty”

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All going to Pot”

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017