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Roots & Influences - The World of Merle Haggard

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Lefty Frizzell  Mom and Dad's Waltz   buy on itunes
Jimmie Rodgers  Blue Yodel No. 4 (California Blues)   buy on itunes
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  Time Changes Everything   buy on itunes
Marty Robbins  Devil Woman   buy on itunes
Hank Williams  (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle   buy on itunes
Elvis Presley  Love Me Tender   buy on itunes
Tommy Collins  If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl   buy on itunes
Wynn Stewart  Another Day, Another Dollar   buy on itunes
Buck Owens  Under the Influence of Love   buy on itunes
The Maddox Brothers & Rose  Philadelphia Lawyer   buy on itunes
Johnny Cash  Folsom Prison Blues   buy on itunes
George Jones  She Thinks That I Still Care   buy on itunes
Ray Price  Invitation to the Blues   buy on itunes
Ernest Tubb  Walking the Floor Over You   buy on itunes
Woody Guthrie  Blowin' Down This Road (I Ain't Going to Be Treated This Way)   buy on itunes


For a sound as red-white-and-blue as Merle's, you'd have to dig down deep to the roots of American music . . . and that's exactly what he did. Bakersfield Sound godfather Tommy Collins not only inspired the Haggard song "Leonard" (which was Tommy's real first name), but he also puts a backbeat — and a bounce — into the tongue-in-jowl jest of "If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl." Honky-tonk hero Lefty Frizzell wasn't just an idol of Haggard's, but he was also a key inspiration for his vocal style, as you can hear in the twangy devotion of "Mom and Dad's Waltz." And it doesn't get much rootsier than fellow Dust Bowl refugee Woody Guthrie, who serves up a "don't tread on me" take on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in "Blowin' Down This Road (I Ain't Going to Be Treated This Way)." With tutors and teachers ranging from Elvis Presley to Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Merle took his cues from the best in the biz.
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