Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson are two of the most well known and unique country artists of all time, and you can really say that they did it “their way.” Willie Nelson, who wrote the song “Crazy” made famous by Patsy Cline, has written and sung some of the best music of all time, and performs it with his band regularly. Merle Haggard, of “I’m and Okie from Muskogee” fame is held in similar esteem by country music fans.
Both artists could be said to have written and sung songs that champion the average person, beset by the “pretty people” of society, and how the average and downtrodden hold the pretty people and their ways in contempt.
Willie has had a lot to say to in regard to some love songs such as “Blue Eyes Cryin’ In the Rain,” and “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before.” Haggard is known for “Mama Tried” and “The Bottle Let Me Down.” All of their songs are sung with a twinkle in the eye and a truth to the tone, as their fans never get tired of their music.
Recently Willie and Merle have teamed up again to follow up on other collaborations of the past to make a new album called “Django and Jimmie.” The fun and irreverence is still there, but now they are two old men still reveling in their insane attitude about not really giving a damn, and smoking a joint or two during the recording.
Merle and Willie, who are both on the other side of 80 can still “cook it” as they display a special artistry in the country, rhythm & blues, and jazz inflections that they effortlessly put into the music.
Willie with his piercing nasal twang and Merle with his forceful voice still punctuating the point at the right moment, both hit the mark again and have left us with another winner.