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Old 04.06.2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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shit I knew he was sick.

RIP. mama tried. mama tried. he was a fantastic singer and a badass to boot. second under George Jones and Dwight Yoakam to me. like Cash..it's real lived in music.

you know I use to hate that old country redneck shit music until my old boss would drive me around after work drinking beers with him and his sirius radio on listening to the classic country station telling me stories about how he did security for those old classic stars whenever they were in town. made me appreciate a lot. my love of Hank and Cash can be attributed to this old fart.

there's no respect for guys like him, yet one of the members of The Eagles dies and it gets a full thirty min coverage on that/this asshole on CNN.
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RIP. An immense figure in music.
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It took me awhile to appreciate Haggard. For the longest time, I just wrote him off as a redneck who did Okie From Muskogee and The Fightin' Side Of Me. But there was a hell of a lot more to him than those early, get-his-foot-in-the-door hits: Swinging Doors (earlier than the previously mentioned other two tunes), I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink, My Own Kind Of Hat, and my personal favorite, Rainbow Stew, among many others. So sorry I never saw him live. Rest In Peace, Merle.
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haha, you called it. all those are great songs.
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From a 2010 Uncut interview with Merle (part of an "Outlaw Country" special):

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The radio in Lulu's [the diner in which the interview took place] moves onto "The Ballad Of The Green Berets", the swaggering martial anthem made a Number One hit in 1966 by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. It's only sort of a country song, but it's still the sort of country song which causes many people to mistake the genre for a crock of flag-wavin', God-fearin' sentimental schlock freighted with a menacing undertow of xenophobic suggestion that you're not from round here, are yuh? It's an almost amusing irony that the one country song that has been most often used to uphold that simplistic prejudice was written by one of the form's most subtle and astute composers. Merle Haggard and The Strangers are still touring, these days mostly playing in casinos and theme theatres. Are they still playing "Okie From Muskogee"?

"Yeah," he says.

"Okie From Muskogee" was first a hit in 1969, in an America convulsed by the conflict between an insurgent anti-Vietnam war counter-culture and a conservative establishment. A warm, funny snapshot view of the world from the small hometown of Haggard's father ("We don't grow our hair all long and shaggy/Like the hippies up in San Francisco do") it has been both embraced and dismissed as a statement of defiant redneck patriotism. Roy Rogers and George Jones, among many others, sang it straight – and Bruce Springsteen was surely alluding to it in "Long Walk Home", when he invoked the flag flying augustly over the courthouse. Richard Nixon requested it when Johnny Cash played at his White House (Cash, clearly aware of the song's manifold subtexts, refused, diplomatically if incredibly claiming not to know it). Oliver Stone deployed it in Platoon as the favourite singalong of the dim, drunk, good ol' boy faction of his cinematic grunts. Splitting the difference, Bob Dylan has observed, correctly, that if "Okie…" had fallen from the pen of Randy Newman, it would be acclaimed as masterly satire.

Later, Haggard gives Limbaugh some shit. Read the whole article.
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