Friday, January 21, 2011

Music Library: Merle Haggard and Merle Travis

Merle Haggard - Down Every Road (compilation, 1962-1994), Strangers (1965), Swinging Doors And The Bottle Let Me Down (1966), I'm A Lonesome Fugitive (1967), Branded Man (1967), Sing Me Back Home (1968), The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde (1968), Mama Tried (1968), Same Train, Different Time: Merle Haggard Sings The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers (1969), Vintage Collections Series (compiled 1996), and If I Could Only Fly (2000). I started to break these out, but then I realized that Merle in the 60s is good, no matter what.  So these include the first seven studio albums plus his Jimmie Rodgers cover album plus two compilations (one long, one short, both excellent) plus a quite touching recent album, If I Could Only Fly.  All worth a listen or fifty.

Merle Travis - Folk Songs Of The Hills/Back Home/Songs Of The Coal Mines (1947/1957/1963) and The Merle Travis Story: 24 Greatest Hits (released 1989).  A triple release of a few of Merle Travis's early albums plus a best-of that sounds re-recorded to these ears.  Still good, though.


Daniel C 1:44 PM, March 17, 2013  

That isn't Merle Travis. That is Nudie Cohn who made the country performers suits that were known as 'Nudie suits'

Hayden Childs 4:10 PM, April 04, 2013  

In the top picture, you mean? Yes, that's Merle Haggard and Nudie Cohn. But the post covers Merle Haggard and Merle Travis.

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