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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


Merle haggard

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


Merle haggard

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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