Jody Remembers Merle Haggard

They really don’t get any bigger than this. It’s probably hard to understand now, but Merle Haggard influenced everyone – inside Country music and out.

I was privileged to work with him a few times, and it’s possible that every band on earth knows at least one Merle Haggard song. Which, in fact, has led to some crazy versions. How about The Beach Boys?

Or maybe the Grateful Dead?

And even Keith Richards.

And just for fun, I tried to see if there were any weird collaborations I could dig up. Found one! Merle Haggard and Keith Richards, along with Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis – none of whom are known to sticking to the script. This is what you call an absolute trainwreck.

And unbelievably, the man even did impressions.

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