How Consumerism Devoured The Workin’ Man Blues
How did the genre transform from working class catharsis to an corporate marketing campaign for a certain version of the American dream?
Sturgill Simpson Is Not Happy With the Way Nashville Is Remembering Merle Haggard
The statement, posted in response to the news that the ACM will honor the “Okie from Muskogee” singer at this year’s award show, addresses the bullshit way Haggard was treated in Nashville.
Merle Haggard and My Dad and Me
The world has lost one of its most iconic voices and songwriters, and all we've got to soothe the pain are the man's own recordings. And his ghost.
Country Icon Merle Haggard Has Passed Away on His 79th Birthday
The Hag is gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace.
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau
You'd Think Willie Nelson Wrote the Song About Pot: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau
The Dean of American Rock Critics is here to give you kids a lesson on the past.
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Merle, America, and Me: Two Days of Freedom at the Biggest Honky Tonk in Texas
Billy Bob's Texas has 30 whiskey-soaked bars, two boot-scuffed dance floors, and an indoor rodeo arena. We visited to see Merle Haggard perform on Fourth of July weekend.