Tuesday, July 19, 2011
– Merle Haggard is releasing a new album, "Working In Tennessee," on Oct. 4.
This marks his second disc for Vanguard Records and is a collection of self-penned Haggard riches, two classics made famous by Johnny Cash and a new version of Haggard's Working Man Blues featuring Willie Nelson and his son Ben Haggard.
The release was produced by Haggard and Lou Bradley at the Hag's northern California Tally studio.
"Working in Tennessee" opens with the title track, a Western swing workout that underscores Haggard's oft-confrontational relationship with Music City. Wife Theresa joins the singer on the Johnny and June Carter Cash standard, Jackson.
"I'm swinging back in full throttle right now. Music keeps me alive. It makes me breathe better. It's funny, but I feel better when I come off a tour than when I start out," said Haggard, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 and had part of his lung removed.
1. Working in Tennessee (Merle Haggard)
2. Down on the Houseboat (Merle Haggard, Theresa Haggard, Doug Colosio)
3. Cocaine Blues (TJ Arnall)
4. What I Hate (Merle Haggard)
5. Sometimes I Dream (Merle Haggard, Jenessa Haggard)
6. Under the Bridge (Merle Haggard, Theresa Haggard)
7. Too Much Boogie Woogie (Merle Haggard)
8. Truck Driver's Blues (Merle Haggard, Tim Howard)
9. Laugh It Off (Merle Haggard, Theresa Haggard, Doug Colosio)
10. Working Man Blues (Merle Haggard)
11. Jackson (Billy Edd Wheeler, Gaby Rodgers)