Monday, March 02, 2009

There's a Pair of Blue Eyes Down in Texas

He may be an Okie from Muskogee (by way of Bakersfield, CA), but few can do Texas Music like the incomparable Merle Haggard:

Merle Haggard on Austin City Limits

Merle Haggard pays tribute to Bob Wills
with the Texas Playboys at the Grand Ole Opry

See also "Texas Women" performed live at Billy Bob's Texas.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Billy Joe Shaver

T. Gozney Thornton

Joe Ely

Texas Music ... Served Spicy

When You Hear Twin Fiddles and a Steel Guitar ...

Big Tex's Texas Music Recommendations

The Hauntingly Beautiful Voice ...

Steve Earle

What's Left of Texas?

Guy Clark

The Late Great ...

Robert Earl Keen [UPDATED]

That's Right (You're Not From Texas)

Jerry Jeff Walker


... and the Boys

... and Willie ...

Waylon ...

The King of Western Swing

Willie & The Wheel

Not-So-Random Thought on a Saturday Afternoon While Listening to a Bob Wills Tribute Album With My Kids ...

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At 3/02/2009 9:12 AM, Blogger Goreds said...

I love Haggard's "Texas Women" on his second "Live at Billy Bob's" album. I love how Haggard is able to take lines from several of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodels" and make a new songs out of it.

"Texas Women" takes the line "She's long she's tall, she's six feet from the ground, she's tailor made she ain't no hand me down" from "Blue Yodel #3." The line "I like Mississippi, fool about Tennessee, but those done got the best of me" is from "Anniversary Blue Yodel (#7)."

Haggard does something similar on his most recent album "The Bluegrass Sessions" in the song "Jimmie Rodgers Blues." Haggard is a music genius. He is by far my favorite musician.

At 3/02/2009 11:50 AM, Blogger Rick said...

I miss the South in general. I taught in an exclusive boys school there and I find the work ethic, the simple living, the ardent faith refreshing. It makes one understand why the Japanese build their car plants there.


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