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  • Donna Ward | Jan 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I have been a Merle Haggard fan from the first time I heard you sing. That was around 1966 or 67. I love anything you sing. My fondest wish would be to see you in concert someday. Thanks for all the great songs.

    Donna Ward
    Westcock NB Canada

  • brenda | Jan 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Hi…have never been able to meet/talk to you. Joyce Harp/Wayne Jordan are my aunt/uncle…maybe one day we will meet when you’re around Georgia or I’m back in Bakersfield.

    brenda scarborough

  • Tony O. Smith | Jan 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Hello Merle, I don’t where the world would be without your music. I am very thankful that God put you here to to write songs and sing them for us. Your music is very heartfelt and most Inspirational, Of course you didn’t need to be told that but i did anyway. I believe you are the absolute best and that you are without equal. Not even ole Willie can hold a candle to you lol. I can listen to your songs all day but, I have to say, of all my favorite songs of yours that my favorites of the favorite are; Footlights, Chill Factor, and The Dream. I do love them so. Merel I truly wish you the very best in these years to come and pray God keeps you singing for us all. Thank you Merel… ‘You Are The Man’. I remain a dedicated fan. “KEEP ON SINGING”

    Sincerely,

    Tony O. Smith
    ret. Soldier
    Blue Ridge, Ga

  • Jimmy Allen | Jan 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Hello Merle, I grew up in Texas listening to your music with my father mostly. I live in Kingston , Ontario, Canada now ….. Great music. Keep on doin’ it…

  • stuart challis | Jan 24, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Hi Merle,
    I live in the UK and have just about everything that you have released.I love everything that you do but my favourite song is Footlights.Just hope and pray that you are able to keep writing and singing those fabulous songs for many years to come,
    God bless,
    Stuart in the UK

  • Kathy | Jan 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hello Merle,

    Here I am, in Paradise, CA, my daughter lives in Redding and I was checking out my newspapers from the last week or so and found that you were playing at the Cascade Theatre!!! I was so excited, that I called my daughter to see if she wanted to go – and she said she’d love to! Then, I checked the Cascade website and saw “sold out” – I was so disappointed. Then, my daughter calls back and said, just now, Mom, he played this LAST Friday. I had been feverishly looking into getting tickets on Craigslist for “next” Friday!! Boy, this old gal is really screwed up – but then, you can see how much I’d love to hear you sing – especially “in our own backyard”. (a future name of a new song?:) I hope you do this again, if it isn’t too much for you……one of these days!!! Signed, a gal who at one phase of my life tried to write music and lyrics………
    Take good care of yourself,
    Kathy

  • jeff | Jan 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    hi merle,great to see u still rocking country music. cant wait til thursday nite panama city fl, waited my whole life to get to see u in concert,u country music … and my hero. thank god we still get to hear u sing . and always my hero….

  • Roland Bourassa | Jan 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I love every song you ever sang i grew up with all that music i`m 58 all that old country was the best every song had a meaning at my age i still will never forget how good the old days were I love all the old songs and i play harmonica by ear i learned allot of your songs I love your song called I take allot of pride in what i am because if wee don`t take pride and stick up for our country we will lose our freedom my daughter is in the military and leaving for her third tour at the end of January were proud of her but wee live in fear for her life I listen to your music every day I can`t do much anymore became disable when i was 53 so i have plenty of time to listen to you songs you are my hero Merle and living proof of when country music was at it`s best i`m a big train buff i love the steam locomotive 1 / 23 / 11

  • TOMMY | Jan 23, 2011 at 4:48 am

    HI MERLE HOPE YOU KEEPING WELL I WAS INTRODUCED TO YOUR MUSIC BY AN OLD LADY WHEN WE WERE ON HOLIDAY IN YARMOUTH ENGLAND IN 1968 MY FAMILY AND I STILL LOVE YOUR MUSIC .

  • CHARLES WADE | Jan 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    THANY YOU FOR MEREL HAGGARD SIGN MY GUTIAR AND LP ABLUM

  • bill hamilton | Jan 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    hey real country i am taking my dad and my brother to see ya in fort myers feb 1 i have been playing your music since i was 7 years old i am 49 now and playing it stronger than ever i am a guitar player and singer i will only play what i came from so if they dont like it so be it. i still cry when i sing hungary eyes for my own reasons but looking forward to seeing you in florida as long as i live i will be singing your tunes and keeping it real.ps my grandma mary dated hank williams sr her name was mary williams may she rest in peace.stay healhy and be well .see ya 2-1-20011.

  • jf nealon | Jan 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Mr. Haggard, there’s a song by as group in Norfork, Va,, called More Haggard Than Merle by The Muckrakes. It’s pretty good, don;t know if you ever hear it, it’s on their new CD. Saw you play a while ago in Buffalo opening for Bob Dylan, you were great, hoping to see you again.

  • Joanna Thornton | Jan 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Merle, I have been a fan of yours since the sixties. I have all your tapes, cass, and CD’s. I also have both of your books. I have seen your show many times including Lake Taho, twice in Reno,(once with George Jones & conway Twitty.), I was in Branson when you were there and I have been to every concert in the Rogue Valley. My son – law was from Bakerfields and was in Marty’s throughout school. I also spent the night in Oiltown in home you use to rent. Mary who was the daughter of your landlord said she use to cut your hair for you. She even showed me a place in the wall where you left your print. I hope your health is better. I have lost three husbands from lung cancer. and I just lost my nephew to it. My prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for your songs I loved them all. My favorite is Today I Started loving You again. I am happy that you finally found the right woman for you and that you are happy, even thou I loved Bonnie. Thank you again,

    Joanna Thornton

    Medford, OR

  • Scott Cupp | Jan 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Hello Mr. Haggard… My band opened for you back in 2005 at Eagle Mountain casino in Porterville CA…. I have to say it was indeed an honor to share the same stage with you…you are my favourite all time country singer…Your songs share stories, meaning, and so much more… I am good friends with a mutual friend of ours…James L. Wattenbarger… or james L. from Oildale :) Jimmy said you actually remembered me from the concert at eagle mountain…That is so cool.. I am also good friends with Mark Yeary.. What a cool person and he can really play a mean honky tonk piano… I hope all is well for you Mr. Haggard. I pray you are in the best of health and spirits my friend.. Please tell your lovely daughter Dana I said hello… I used to play with Bobby Durham at Trouts back in 199 to around 2003…and she would get up and sing with us a lot… A dynamic voice she has…Just like her dad :)

    God bless you sir,
    Sincerely.
    Scott Lee Cupp

  • Patty Patrick | Jan 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I have been a Merle Haggard Fan all my life. There is something fascinating in your voice, Merle. And that is why your songs have constant airplay on my radio station in Austia – Radio St. Florian am Inn. And I take pride in presenting you in my shows in Nashville on Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network FM.

    I wish you all the very best and lots of success. Keep entertaining us with your music.
    And may God bless you.

    Greetings from Austria
    Patty Patrick
    Owner of
    Radio St. Florian am Inn
    http://www.rsf1.at
    http://www.nbrn.fm

  • Toni Smith | Jan 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Merle,
    My grandfather is Nelson Blake. The passage that you wrote about him in your book is very near and dear to my heart and I have read it to my kids who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him. Thank you so much for honoring him like that. I looked up to him too and spent time with him at the Smokehouse and Goldie’s Cafe as a kid! I plan to be at your concert here in Bakersfield and would love the opportunity to get your autograph on that book as a family keepsake. See you from the front row…hopefully!

  • Nicole H | Jan 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I am 23 years old born and raised on Merle haggard. I bought tickets last year to see you at Anderson Casino in Indiana and you couldn’t make it. It broke mine and my dads hearts. I am glad that you are doing better. I just wish you were coming to more than just one place in Indiana. :(.. I can honestly say Merle you are the greatest!

  • Carla Kent | Jan 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I have had a funny story I have always wanted to tell you but never got around to it. About 20 years ago, you played at West Fest in Copper Mountain, CO. Being a Colorado girl, my favorite song of yours was an old song named “Colorado” that I had on 8 track. I was sure you would sing it that day, but I also tracked down Don Edwards (one of the artists that day) and asked him to go back and request it for me. You were the last concert that day and it had started raining pretty hard. Everyone left me and went to the car. I was pretty much out there by myself waiting to hear this song. Did I mention, I had drank several tall whiskey and cokes that day. Anyway, I kept waiting for that song. It never came. I was so mad by that time. I kept wondering how I could get backstage to yell at you for not singing the most beautiful song about our state. I stood out there for quite awhile coming up with stories of maybe I had a lost child that I needed to report and different things to get my backstage. Lucky for you that I didn’t or you might have gotten an earful. I now live in Panama City, FL and will be going to your concert in a couple of weeks. I have forgiven you, but I do have that song on my Ipod. It’s beautiful. Thank you for so many great songs over the years.

    • Jay | Jan 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Carla, Is that “I guess he’d rather be in Colorado” from the Centennial Tv Mini-series?

  • Jerry Richardson | Jan 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Merle-
    Also, wanted to let you know, I’m blessed to have my middle child, my daughter Avery Jade, was born on your Birthday April 6th! How about that!
    We always play, If I could only fly, Kids get lonesome too, and a few other favorites on her birthday.
    That song you sang on Chicago Wind, “I still can’t say goodbye”, is a very special song for me. Not long after your album (Chigcago Wind) was released, my father passed away from a severe heart attack and I was at his bedside. I remember a few days later, buying the album and playing it in my car for the first time. I was heading home with my 3 kids in the back seat and that song came on. Such a tender and beautiful song. Just the way you sing it, brought back so many memories of my Dad and me, especially the line about the hat… I used to wear his police hats in the mirror when I was little. …well needless to say, as I was driving, I was trying hard to hold back the tears, but my kids knew. My son said, “Dad, I know you miss paw paw and so do we”. We could all feel the music. Thank you, Merle. Your Dad must be so proud of you. Thanks for including that song on your record.

  • Jerry Richardson | Jan 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Merle!
    I just watched an old vhs my Dad made for me back in 1996 of our best loved musical hero, YOU! – My Dad came with his father and mother here to California in the early 40′s (Dustbowl) from Oklahoma, near Tulsa. I grew up here in Southern California listening to Buck Owens and my favorite was always Merle Haggard. My Dad was a police officer and a big fan of yours. We’ve seen you many, many times and now I have 3 children who also love your music. Thank you for being such a wonderful talent. Thank you for giving all of us your beautiful music. You’ve truly been a light, a bright light an inspiration to all of us. Best wishes to you Theresa and family… You always have a friend in California and keep on playing!! -See you when you come back to play southern California..! Love you Merle!

  • Jeremy | Jan 17, 2011 at 5:48 am

    PLEASE COME TO NEW ENGLAND!!! Providence or Boston! we love you

  • Patricia Goettsch | Jan 17, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Been a fan for ages, you never cease to surprise. A poet, you truly are. Your music speaks for us all. Seeing you live is thrilling and always worth the trip. Keep pumping it out we’re here to listen.

    • Vivian Walton | Jan 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      ya he is a and that’s why we all love him
      thank u Mr. Haggard,
      for all u do your fan’s love u
      Vivian walton
      from Clackamas Ore.

  • Vivian Walton | Jan 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    i have your 40#one Hits
    and I love all of them
    my mom is cournty
    though and though
    I told my mom when
    I was 14 I’m going to marrie
    Merle Haggard some day
    she lolo lol
    I saw u on Hee Haww
    thank u mr. Haggard
    Vivian Walton
    from Clackamas Ore.

  • Vivian Walton | Jan 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I love all of your song
    I was born in Gleandale CA
    I was born Jan 15 55
    yea I just trun 56
    I hope to meet u some day
    well u be comming
    back to Portland Ore.?
    I live in Clackamas thank
    u Vivian Walton.

  • Andy | Jan 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Been a fan for years. Congradulations on the recent Kennnedy Center Award. Well deserved. Will be at the January Jacksonville, Florida Show . Would like to request “Sing Me Back Home”. Thanks

  • Ann | Jan 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I have been listening to you music since I was 12 years old. One of my favorites is
    Mama Tried. I was wondering when is your birthday.

    • jan | Jan 16, 2011 at 6:17 am

      merles birthday is 6thapril born 1937

  • Corey | Jan 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Merle & Theresa whats new. I haven’t heared from you two in years
    hows the band doing, I understand you and Willie are planning to do a new C.D. together, I hope thats out this year. you two’s are the greatest INC. George Jones to as well. can’t wait to see you again, “I MENT YOU IN 2001 IN TURLOCK AT SOME COLLAGE WITH YOU AND CHESTER SMITH DID A SHOW TOGETHER. AND BONNIE OWENS WAS THERE TO, “HAD YOU OF BEEN THERE THERESA I’DE OF MENT YOU TO,
    I HOPE I GET A CHANCE TO SEE YOU AGAIN THIS YEAR MERLE, THIS TIME WITH THERESA, MAYBE I’LL GET LUCKY ENOUGH TO MEET YOU YET THERESA

  • Seppo | Jan 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    THANKS….KIITOS !
    when i hear Merles music i relaxxxxx….!

  • Barrett schmitz | Jan 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I been a hag fan only for a little wile cause I ain’t that old but my favorite song would be momma tried cause my mom tries to make me this and that and i am who I am that’s all I can be but I people who respect me do as I’m told and be all I can be

  • Barrett schmitz | Jan 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I love Merle haggard and all the other country outlaws the new country sh** sucks we need to get more people like Merle in country music

  • Richard English | Jan 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I have been listening to your music for over 40 years, you are without a doubt the greatest country singer of all time. I remember my Father listening to your music when I was very young, the two of us have never been able to see you in concert but hope to do so the next time you are close to Akron, Ohio. I recently watched a special of yours on WVIZ, what a great program to watch. Your style and song writing is “one of a kind” and what has set you apart from all the other singer-songwriters. You are the BEST! Thank you for your great career and all that you have given to your fans. You turned your life around and made a difference in the lives of many.

  • Richard | Jan 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I was at your last of the breed tour at radio city music hall and would like to know your full set list.

  • j.murphy | Jan 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    one of my favorite merles songs is about a portrait done in different shades of gray and there is a storm in the background….please tell me the name of this song
    thanks

    • John | Jan 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

      The song is “I’m gonna paint me (a bed of roses)”. It was on “That’s the way love goes”.

  • Ashley Morgan | Jan 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I bought my Dad (64) and my Papa (73) tickets to your show in Savannah on the 29th. You are one of their favorites and there have been many o’ nights these two have gotten together and sang your songs. I didn’t know until after I gave them the tickets that they saw you in Savannah about 35 years ago! They snuck in some whiskey in a salad dressing bottle! Needless to say..they won’t be pulling that this time :-) My dad has been battling cancer for the last 7 years..first colon and now bladder. To see his (and Papas) smile when he opened his ticket was priceless. So see you in Savannah, Ga.

    • Ashley Morgan | Jan 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      On another note..”the roots of my raisin’ run deep!” I have been singing your songs with my Dad for years. He can make his voice sounds almost exactly like yours.

  • jan | Jan 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I would love to come over to USA to see you in concert alas no can do. my husband introduced me to your music many years ago but has since died of cancer (3 yrs ago) now I play your cd’s all the time and fantasise that you are singing just to me. (I wish)My son plays drums in a band but they play charity gigs but they like 70′s music and I cannot get him to tune into your music. Now that doen’t happen too often does it Am I allowed to say that you come to bed with me each night and sing on my walkman in my ear – Love it and love you. Stay well enjoy your life and congrats for all your acolades -well deserved please come to England in the not too distant future and I will try and book a front seat

  • Shane | Jan 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Merle. Just wanted to say you are my fav-or-rite artist. I’ve been a fan ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper. My favorite song – well thats pretty tough coming from a catalog like yours, but if I had to pick just one, it would be “I’m always on a mountain when I fall”.

    Congratulations on the Kennedy Center Honors. Keep touring and God Bless. Hope to see you in March when you come back to Oklahoma. We love ya Merle!

  • Kristy Foutty | Jan 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

    My father passed away on Sunday. He was your biggest fan! For the last 30yrs he has been singing your songs with a wonderful voice and the biggest smile on his face. My father was fighting cancer about the same time you were but unfortunately he lost that battle at a young age of 60. Without your music he wouldn’t have enjoyed life to fullest without it. My fathers voice was very similar to yours and when I would hear him sing he would put in my own special place of happiness. I know how much your fans have adored you and now I understand why. Merle you are a strong man and you have such a powerful impact on peoples lives. I have to thank you for putting a smile on my fathers face until the day he died. God Bless you!
    Kristy

  • LaRue | Jan 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Hello Mr. Haggard:
    I’m nearly as old as you, but when I hear you sing I suddenly feel younger, guess
    that’s why you never had a problem finding a wife!!!
    I pray your health stays good, and that you keep on singing. With a wonderful
    voice like yours it’s a sin to have you NOT SING!!
    Would you hum me to sleep?

  • ULS | Jan 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Greetings from Cleveland, just had seen the American Masters PBS program and am just inspired by your life as a true American, thank you Mr Haggard for giving a damn and for being a real man!

  • Emil Thomas | Jan 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Around 1964-5 I recall hearing you sing a song with the words…….I’m going to California where they sleep out every night. I have never heard that song recorded. Could tell me about it? You are without a doubt the greatest country and western singer EVER.

    Emil Thomas
    La Grange, Texas

    • Charlie Gaines | Jan 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

      The name of the song is California Blues, and it’s on the CD, “Same Train, A Different Time: Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers”

    • John | Jan 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

      “California Blues”. It was on “Same Train, Different Time”. It’s an old Jimmie Rodgers song.

      • John | Jan 16, 2011 at 8:24 am

        It was also on “Pride in What I am”.

  • Chauncey Griffith | Jan 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I am 22 years old and I’ve been to see you in concert 18 times (got tickets for #19 on March 4 in Elizabeth, IN). You deserve every award that you’ve recieved. You are a true LEGEND.

  • John Steel | Jan 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I have been a fan of Merle since 1970, I have all the old LP’s and most of the newer CD’s. I am disappointed that you need to live in the United States to become a member of the fan club. I live in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

    John Steel

  • Rachel Henscheid | Jan 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Are you married ?How old are you?Do you have any kids or garndkids?How long have you been around?Merle Haggard I My name is Rachel Henscheid aND I am one of your fans and i am happy your still around.

  • Doug Stewart | Jan 9, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Not sure that you’ll remember me.
    I am Lynn and Dave Stewart’s youngest son.
    Just wanted to congratulate you on your induction.

  • dennis doyle | Jan 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    thank you merle for your wonderful style of music.i have seen you three times in florence,ky,in 1995,96,97.i got your signiture on two different signs from the venue in which you preformed.the place is called the drawbridge inn on route 18.im 45 years old,most people my age doesnt think i should know your music,i grew up with your music.every song you sang or wrote i can identify with.you sing about things that are real life.i cannot tell you how many of your songs that i like,i think my favorite song of yours would be silver wings.the most favorite party sone is deffenently think ill stay here & drink.the most funny sone i think is garabage man.i can most likely sing nearly every song that you sing.todays country music doesnt come close to the type of sound or feelings that your music does.thank you for the wonderful music. i dont think the good times are over yet,not as long as i have your cd’s around.thanks hag,dennis doyle,harrison,ohio.usa

  • GEB | Jan 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Thanks Merle! I have wanted for so long to express my thanks to Merle for many different things.

    You have given my parent’s something to do and look forward to for the last 30 years. My dad is a 72 year old “Working man” who still works 12 hour days at his business he has ran for 50 years. Many times when life was sad, boring and overwhelming…. Just the fact that he had tickets to your upcoming show (somewhere in the Souteast USA) gave him something to look forward to and reason to live for the weekend. He actually met you (Merle) one time at a private party and it was a huge highlight in his life, one he still talks about to this day! Thanks “Uncle Merle” you may be more important than you know!

    More recenlty, my wife and I have become parents to beautiful baby boy. I prayed and wished that he would have a huge interest in music and more than anything…. he would know the difference in good music that comes from the heart and music that is made for fame and money! Playing good music in his nursery and playing DVD’S of Merle shows and other great American artist hoping to influence his interest. Oh, he is only 4 months old. HA!

    Two weeks ago we saw The Kennedy Center Honors” which honored Merle, Oprah and Paul McCartney among others. Like anything to do w/ Merle, we recorded it so we could watch it when we had some “downtime”. Long story short.. This recording has been a LIFESAVER at bedtime for our little boy Ryder. We put him in his bouncy seat and turn on “Uncle Merle” and he is in total awe by this music. He WILL NOT take his eyes off of it until he is fast asleep! He is like a bug to a light. Now, I know he is a bit young to be jumping to conclusions….. but we feel like this is a pretty good indication of what is to come w/ his interest in the arts and music!
    Thanks again Merle.. You will forever be one of the greatest American musicians and story tellers and you will always be very important and dear to our family!

    GEB, Birmingham, Alabama, USA !

  • John Dowdy | Jan 8, 2011 at 2:08 am

    hag fan 45 years thank you merle for so many years of great music

  • Corey | Jan 8, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Congradulations on your new award merle

  • joel lewis | Jan 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I am a solid fan of Mr. Haggard,but i’m trying to locate a man that said he played
    bass guitar for Mr. Haggard in the late 70′s…His name is Tom Stake and i met him
    in missouri a few years ago.. i could use a good bass man…any help would really
    be helpful..

    thanks,

    Prime time country band

  • Josh | Jan 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love the new look of the website Merle and the new fan comments section! Glad you got a good report on your cancer you had and glad you got inducted into both the Calfiornia Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center this year. Both are very long overdue!!! Can’t wait to hear your next album which I know will be great! I love “I Am What I Am”
    Josh Williams

    • Roger Tripp | Apr 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Merle, you are simply the best country artist, God gave you the whole package, from writing, singing, playing, looks, stage presence. & you shared it with the whole world.
      Thank You, so much for helping me make it through this thing called life with your
      songs. I play at least 1 Merle Haggard song per day, 7 days a week & having been
      doing so for at least 35 years, though I’ve been listening to Merle since he came out
      in 1963, when I was 8 years old.

      Roger Tripp
      Chowchilla, CA

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