Merle Haggard
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Merle Haggard, a fan of Lefty Frizzell who grew up both an old-fashioned rambler and a modern juvenile delinquent (thus destined to bridge country music and rock music), adopted a similar two-guitar sound. From Wynn Stewart's Sing Me A Sad Song (1965) to Liz Anderson's existential dirges Strangers (1965) and I'm A Lonesome Fugitive (1966), from his first album of (mostly) original compositions, Swinging Doors (1966), containing The Bottle Let Me Down, from the transitional hits Sing Me Back Home (1967), I Threw Away the Rose (1967) and Today I Started Loving You Again (1968) to the mature social fresco of Hungry Eyes (1969), from the anti-hippie anthem Okie From Muskogee (1969) to the workers' lament of If We Make It Through December (1974), via the concept album Someday We'll Look Back (1971), Haggard paid tribute to his own depressing autobiography and to the even more depressing condition of the white working class.

Haggard continued releasing evocative albums, all the way to If I Could Only Fly (2000).

Haggard died in 2016.

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