Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Heart of Rock and Soul # 686 Merle Haggard

'If there were such a thing as the typical Merle Haggard record (the sheer diversity of his music makes that impossible), Strangers with its deep blues feeling, biting guitar, and sweet-voiced reading of bitterly ironic lyrics, would probably be the one. Which only makes sense, for this is the hit - it was Top Ten on the C&W chart - that kicked off Haggard's career. The nicest touch was naming his band after it, as if they were the only friends he'd ever have or need.'

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