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The Hag goes to Vanguard

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 – Merle Haggard is not slowing down. At 72, he just signed a new record deal with Vanguard Records. "I Am What I Am" is slated to drop April 20. The Hag wrote 11 of the 12 songs on the release. Haggard co-produced the music with Lou Bradley.

The music was recorded with his longstanding band the Strangers at his Northern California headquarters, the Shade Tree Manor studio.

. "It was pretty much just the Strangers, but Reggie Young and Rob Ickes played on it, and we had an additional drummer that worked with us, George Receli from the Bob Dylan band." Haggard said. "Sometimes we try to find an inspiring player, to come and inspire us."

This is Haggard's first CD since October 2007 when he released "The Bluegrass Sessions" on Del McCoury's label. Since then, he battled lung cancer.


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