Archive for the ‘Merle Haggard’ Category

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

Willie and Merle

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

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “Today, I Started Loving Her, Again”

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Merle Haggard at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2015

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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photo: Janis Tillerson

It would be incredible enough to get to spend the fourth of July with Willie Nelson and his family, and hear the play music, but he always piles it on and turns it into a magical gathering of great musicians. This year, he invited Merle Haggard to perform, and joined him at the end of his set to perform. These photos are from Merle’s set, taken by Janis.

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Thank you, Janis from Texas for your great photos.

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

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)