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Category Archives: Merle Haggard

Smoking with Willie Nelson

Boyd got up so excited this morning he rode the two toughest broncos on his ranch outside Barstow, did some clever horse trading by phone, and then picked up his girlfriend and drove west four hours to Paso Robles to see Willie Nelson in concert for the first time. Weeks earlier he’d paid a premium […]

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Merle Haggard’s Boxcar

This hot dry expanse of land, now rich in oil and agriculture, used to be the wet floor of an ocean overlooked by dinosaurs in the Tehachapi Mountains to the east. In the nineteenth century people of European heritage settled here and named it Kern County, and today the regional museum is hosting a one […]

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Young Cowboy Sings Country

Merle Haggard may have passed but he hasn’t departed. He’s enjoying this tribute to his life and work. On stage at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, a sleek new place highlighted by polished wood floors, cushioned seats, and sharp acoustics, popular country singers from Haggard’s hometown and the Central Valley are delivering four hours […]

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