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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 It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

  • 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 It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

  • 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 It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

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 It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

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 It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

  • Song of warning

  • Patriotism

  • Response to the outcry against Vietnam

  • Message is clear

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrLkMR7nUUI


Works cited
Works cited It’s always been my nature to fight the system.

  • "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.