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Merle Haggard. Outlaw Country By Taylor Rasmussen. I’ve never been a guy that can do what people told me. It’s always been my nature to fight the system. -Merle Haggard. Biography. 4/6/1937 - California In and out of detention centers Spent time in San Quentin (2/21/58)

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merle haggard

Merle Haggard

Outlaw Country

By Taylor Rasmussen

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I’ve never been a guy that can do what people told me. It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

-Merle Haggard

biography
Biography
  • 4/6/1937 - California
  • In and out of detention centers
  • Spent time in San Quentin (2/21/58)
  • Pulled away from Nashville sound.
  • Country/Western/Outlaw
  • Placed beside Hank Williams
  • 65+ albums since 1963
  • Country Music Hall of Fame (’94)
country blues jazz
Country/blues/jazz
  • Fiddle/guitar/bass/drums
  • Dialect/Regionalism
  • Western swing - country music and big band jazz
  • Realism to lyrics - patriotism/current events
  • Subgenres - rockabilly/outlaw
  • Urban blues - view of life - work, prison, hard times
    • Bending notes
music style
Music Style

Bakersfield sound

Outlaw country

Jimmie Rodgers, Left Frizzell

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings

Songs about drinking, drugs, hard work.

More Rock and Roll/Rugged

  • Subgenre, moving away from Nashville sound.
  • Twang/bright sound from Telecaster
  • Mix of steel guitar/vocal harmonies- not Nashville
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Mama Tried

Workin’ Man Blues

Work song – blues influence

Strike of hammer

Realism

Upbeat but simple

Blues guitar/steel guitar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EwK0NsKdDY

  • Simple guitar/steel guitar sound
  • Life choices influence the lyrics
  • Realism and sentimentality in voice
  • Strained voice
  • Western swing
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luUK-b6X0ik
fightin side of me
Fightin’ side of me
  • Song of warning
  • Patriotism
  • Response to the outcry against Vietnam
  • Message is clear
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrLkMR7nUUI
works cited
Works cited
  • "BIO." Merle Haggard. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.
  • Candelaria, Lorenzo, and Danniel Kingman. American Music: A Panorama. N.p.: Clark Baxter, 2012. Print.
  • "Merle Haggard | Music Biography, Credits and Discography | AllMusic." AllMusic. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.
  • "Merle Haggard Biography | Rolling Stone." Rolling Stone. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.
  • "Merle Haggard." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Apr. 2014. Web. 23 Apr. 2014.
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