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  • Al | Nov 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Mr. Haggard – your music has so richly touched not only my enjoyment of music and life, but my family’s as well. I tuned into your music in 1991 as a ripe 21 yr. old and demanded all of my loved ones to listen and revel. I have seen your shows countless times in Texas (though I lost a debate of whom was the biggest HAG fan to a woman 20 yrs. my senior at a concert at Stubbs in Austin) and plan to some more. It has truly been a pleasure for me. I could go on and on, but will try to keep it brief – your music and great voice has allowed me to non-country listeners into your fans. Many thanks for the memories; be well.

  • Fannie & John Fiocchi | Nov 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I listened to Merle Haggard sing everyday. I went all the way to Atlantic City to see Merle in April 2012, and I had tickets way up high, and I couldn’t see good enough, because of my Glaucoma. But I love your music, and that’s why I went there. Fani

  • Bill | Nov 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    My dad turned me on to Merle in the late 60′s when I was a kid I saw Merle 5 times since then and enjoyed every minute of his shows he is one of the few artist that sing their songs and sound just like the recording which is hard to do live.I use Merles music to reflect back on my child hood or just escape from a hectic day his music always leaves feeling alot better.
    Thanks for the memories Merle !

  • Bill Pullen | Nov 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

    First heard Merle sing while I was at work at Porterville State Hospital, around mid 60′s. I was amazed at his voice and knew he would make it bigtime. I never missed a Merle song and like every song he ever wrote. I used to tell my kids that Merle and I went to “different schools together” when they were young. I have the same birthdate as Merle (4-6-37) but I was born in Arkansas. Nevertheless, I always think of Merle on our birthdates. Merle is one of the best. Keep it up Merle, love you man!

  • TOM FORSTER | Nov 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hello Mr.Haggard,
    my Name is TOM FORSTER,make 25 Jears COUNTRY MUSIC in GERMANY and EUROPA
    i love You the Singer Merle Haggard,all Songs, wonderfull !!!! , the best wishes from
    GERMANY. TOM

  • Roger | Nov 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hello,

    Although I grew up listening to your music and have been a fan all my life, I never heard you sing Woody Guthrie’s song, Jesus Christ, until tonight at the end of Michael Moore’s movie. I’m writing to request you put it on iTunes. It would sure be appreciated. Thank you.

  • Leonardo Zielinsky | Nov 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Merle haggard you are the best! Come to Brazil! Come to Rio de janeiro!

  • Bruce Johnson | Nov 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Merle Haggard in Sydney , NS ,May 16 ,2013……..I’m ecstatic . IF ever in my life, there was a concert that I absolutely would/could not miss this is it . I’ve waited for decades for this event. Tickets are already purchased . My wife and I can hardly wait .
    Thanks Merle for swinging by here on your farewell tour of the Maritime Provinces .
    If I would make a request it would be the song that Merle , Jim Beam , and IW Harper wrote coming out of Texas headed for Muskogee ,years back : ” Billy Overcame His Size ” .

  • Corey Valencia | Nov 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I hope you come to “Ironstone Ampatheatre” In Murphys Ca. Next Year Merle,
    Love to see ya, “Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving”

  • Michele | Nov 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    This is November, I have my tix! Now, I just have to wait 6 months to see my legend, The Hag. I doubt I’ll be able to clap, I’ll be so mesmorized! Looking forward to seeing you Merle. I love you to the core.

  • Monique Carrier | Nov 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    i am 44 years old and have listened to Merle Haggard my whole life….i listen to his cd in my jeep daily…i can’t really pin point a favorite song because i love them all…silver wings is a special to song to me….i hope i can make it to Bathurst to see you…telling everyone this would be the best gift i could ever hope…keep up the good work….safe travels!!!

  • Steve Giles | Nov 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

    My father used to bring his guitar beside my crib and sing me to sleep with Merle Haggard songs. I loved all the songs, but I think my favorites were ‘Silver Wings’ and ‘Tulare Dust”. When I started school, my teachers wondered at my advanced vocabulary and with my parents decided it was Merle’s influence. My dad took me to see Merle at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto ’71 or ’72, and we are going to see him again in Halifax, Nova Scotia next May. Two life-long fans, father and son, are very excited to you again, Merle!

  • Emile O'Brien | Nov 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Hi From Canada

    Great for Merle Haggard to come back for a Canadian Tour, more precisely in Moncton New Brunswick Canada, both myself and my girlfriend at the time were there in Moncton when you came in 1976 and the both of us…. still together today after all those years and always tuned in to your songs on whichever format available and today still listening to Merle Haggard on Groovshark .

    Merle Haggard, we will be there at the Moncton Colliseum on May 12 , 2013 and my request for a song on that night is ” Leonard ” and also who the hell is Leonard…

    Thanks for all the years of great entertainment……….. See you in May 2013

    Emile O’Brien…… a great and loyal Canadian

    • DC Murphy | Nov 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      You are the Man, Hag. I love your Working In Tennessee album. Waylon, Cash, and a few others were pretty damn good—But the mighty Merle Haggard is the best. The best there ever was, the best there is now, and the best there will ever be!!!
      Keep making them albums, and I keep buying them….DC Murphy, the Rooster.

  • melissa | Nov 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    My sister Pat passed away yesterday after being ill for many years. She was a life long Merle fan. She had a life size cut out in him in her living room. She was the most generous, giving person, and when she went to heaven yesterday, her family and I played Merle for her over and over, all day. So thank, Mr. Haggard, for a life time of music that made my sister happy.

  • Velvet | Nov 8, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Hi Merle:

    I am so excited that you are finally coming to Nova Scotia, Canada. I have been a fan of yours since I was young girl. Sing Me Back Home is my all time favorite as it reminds me so much of my brother. Farmer’s daughter is another favorite of mine. I only wish my dear mother was alive to see your concert as she too loved your music.

    See you in Halifax, May 15, 2013

  • Brian | Nov 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Hello Merle, I have been a fan since I can’t remember that far back. I am 52, and have loved country western since a child. My whole family listened to it. I saw you only one time in concert In the early eighties in Newhall, CA. at the Saugus Speedway. Great performance! and it was my sisters birthday and that was my present to her. We were both singing along. What brought you back to mind for me today, was it is the day after the election, and your song “Is the good times really over for good” popped into my head. Saw it on you tube, and it brought back memories. Then I punched up “Fightin side of me”.
    Thanks Mr. Merle Haggard, stay healthy and strong Sir, and God Bless!
    Brian
    North Hollywood, CA

  • wanda veinot | Nov 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Merle i first listened to you when i was very young.My dad had an 8 track tape of you and that’s all he listened to until someone stole his 8 track tapes.i still have the machine and still listen to your songs.My favorite song is Sing Me Back Home ,always brings tears to my eyes.So glad your coming to Charlottetown,PEI,Canada,can’t wait to get my tickets.

    • Lorene Householder | Nov 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      So glad to see you will be at the Fox Th. in Riverside. I can’t wait. My family are longtime fans of yours. My mom has been waiting patiently to hear your music live again. She just turned 82 and her favorite song is Silver Wings. Before my dad passed away he played his harmonica in the car with the doors open while playing your music in the Shopping Centers while my mother shopped. People gathered all around the car – listened to your music and listened to my dad play the harmonic. We all LOVE YOU! Thank you for the memories and thank you for the music!

    • Francine | Nov 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Merle, I remember just out of HighSchool in the seventies. your songs came out . you were great then and to this day you.ve become a legend. Congratulations.

  • yvonne | Nov 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    we are so happy to finaly be able to go see you in person…we live in a little village in new brunswick canada and never thought we would ever get to see our favorite singer of all time…my husband will be having the thrill of a life time to see you in person..we are going to harbour station in saint john new brunswick …he always says …i never heard a bad merle,,,,if you read this message.give a shout out. to corky,,,he will be the guy dressed in black with the black cowboy hat lol….see you in may

  • Sylvie Berthelot | Nov 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This is a dream come true for me, i will see you in Bathurst New Brunswick in May. Every year i hoped that you would come around this area, you are the best of the best!!! My kids also love your music, i could listen to you 24-7 your voice is one of a kind.

  • donnie garner | Nov 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    hey meryle ive ben a fan for fifty years and seen you in concert. i was lucky enough to meet you in the bathroom ,w.i.l radio station was there and you just happen to come in thebathroom and said hi to me. i love all your music it has been a big part of my life. i hope you come back to st.louis i would love to see you again.you are awesome.thank you for all the great memory’s.you ar the best there is keep up the great music.your biggest fan ever.[donnie garner.]

  • Corey Valencia | Nov 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hello Merle & Theresa And Ben And Jenessa And Everyone
    “Happy Holidays, to you all, boy I Can’t Believe The Holidays Are Here Once Again, “Boy How Fast the year flys, I Thought we just Celebrated 2012

  • Colin Goodyear | Nov 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Merle, I’m glad to see you’re still in the game. I understand you have a new CD coming out. Keep on playin man and Godspeed!

  • Michelle McDowell | Nov 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Merle you are hands down the best!! I have seen you three times and every time was awesome! I have two two teenage daughters that I hear humming your songs at times, and they don’t even listen to the good old country music. ha I look forward to seeing you do your magic on the stage again!!

  • Rena Cooper | Oct 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    A special thank you for “Roots” Vol 1. I was raised 20 miles south of Corsicana (Lefty territory) and 48 miles east of Waco(Hank Thompson stomping ground)- Texas, of course! I want you to know how much GOOD that album is doing for an 87 year-old Alzheimer’s patient. I have taken care of her for 3 1/2 years. Of late, all she really wants to do is eat and sleep. I can put “Roots” (my CD, of course) on the CD player and she is getting up and DANCING , holding her small little dog! Her favorite is “If You Got the Money.” Gets her up and awake and ready to enjoy her day. Your music is such a blessing to so many and in ways you may never have guessed.

  • Mike Hummel | Oct 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I am having trouble finding what LP of Merle’s the ORIGINAL version of “I Won’t Give Up My Train” is on (the “Big City” CD only has an alternative version… )- can u help? THANK YOU

    • dave | Nov 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      hi there!! the original version of i won’t give up my train is on the album”going where the lonley go” 1982..i have everything hag recordered even some bootleg concerts someone sent me….thanks dave

    • KELLY LYNN | Mar 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      I think it was on my love affair with trains, 1975?

  • Martin & Elaine | Oct 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hi merle,I grew up in augusta ga listening to james brown.In 1969 married my county girl she introduced me to your music.We have purchased every album you have put out since.Your music is the best.

    Thanks from Me & my redneck girl

  • Gladys Capell | Oct 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Merle I want you to know that Big City is the prettiest song I ever heard. I play it at least 10 times a day. Each night before I go to bed I turn on My Tube and play every version there is. Please , I would love to receive a note from you as you are my special favorite singer in the world. I have been a fan of yours for 20 years and will always be your biggest fan. May God bless you and may you have many more years in singing . The world cannot do without you. I love you. Gladys Capell

  • Don King | Oct 28, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Looking forward to your return to the New England area.

  • Danny | Oct 28, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Hi Merle,
    Would it be a crazy thought to come over to the UK and do a few shows. You have a following here, my Mum is a huge fan and I hear your music morning, noon and night when I visit her. She posts here on your site too. Since we lost my Dad to cancer you have now taken the role of the man in our house in the south-east of England. He also loved Country music. I recently came to Nashville and met up with Duane Eddy, Scotty Moore and Steve Cropper, taking in some great music downtown while I was there on a charity trip. Well…..Merle, I will even help organise venues here if you like, just get in touch. Take care.

    • jan | Nov 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

      hi merle that was my son writing there, I didn’t even know he was going to. I did tell you he was coming to Nashville to get a guitar signed for a charity which is being auctioned next week hoping to raise £8000.00 for it well it has many famous signatures on it unfortuneatly he was hoping for yours but you were too busy also reggie young he was hoping for. Danny is an ambassadour for comic relief, lets hope it gets the value it deserves. I wish you could come over to the uk the last time i believe was 1984 why leave it so long. lots of love to you jan xx

      • jan | Nov 29, 2012 at 4:52 am

        hi merle that guitar went to auction and raised £16,000 not bad eh. wish you had your signature on it wish you would come over to uk. i an so excited for the fans going to see you in aussie land and canada, one day you may make it here who knows. I will alwqays love you. byee xxx

    • mike hampton | Nov 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Danny , you are a man after my own heart. I too would love to see Merle in the U.K again. I saw him in the late 70′s at the Mayflower , Southampton.I hopeyou do get some events organised because i’d certainly go.

  • rayray | Oct 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    i am listening to the 4 cd set ” down every road” for the 1,000 time. met merle, teresa, frank and merle’s boy in fayetteville, ar a couple years ago. wish i would have been managing joe mcclung’s ” rodeway inn swiss holiday resort” in eureka springs, ar when you stayed there merle. heard about the feast mary bo prepared for you.
    joe said we would had a good time tossing back some george dickel. ever need a great roadie give me a hollar. your most devoted fan.
    rayray

  • jan | Oct 27, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Hi Merle I had a funny thought the other day , thinking of Christmas…. Three wise men bringing gifts to baby jesus gold, frankinscence and mer (haggard). well you are a gift to jesus and everybody. do you get my funny thought my family groaned and said oh no!!!! Byee luv ya

  • Dan | Oct 26, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Merl You are mine and my dads favourite singer!! Keep up the good work!
    Someday come to Australia mate!

    Cheers

    • Dan | Oct 26, 2012 at 3:08 am

      When i listen to your Music it just makes me feel so at home!

      Dan

  • LLoyd P Taylor | Oct 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I would like to know if you would know when the tickets will go on sale for his concert on may 16,2013 in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada cause i’m one of his biggest fan and have most of his albums and can’t wait to see him in concert thank you LLoyd P Taylor

  • fran attaway | Oct 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    i have been a fan since day one.you are the best and i don’t argue that with anyone. i am 75 yrs okd and iam from january to april older than you. ain’t it grand!? i’m so glad you and theresa found each other. what a blessing. take care,merle and you are not going anywhere just yet;however i’m ready to go.let the good lord come and get me. i live in fort worth,TEXAS and all of your songs are my favorites.

  • Doug Larson | Oct 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I have loved Merle Haggard music as long as I can remember. I can’t say for sure when I first heard Merle,but have been a fan for years. Momma Tried is my favorite I had a terriffic mother,and yes I went wrong for a number of years. I turned 60 on oct.20 .I am married and have a Daughter and a Son .I live in Browntown Wi. have since 1985 before that in Monroe. I just want Merle to know that I think he is Awesome .

    Thanks Merle for all the great songs and memories

  • Marty | Oct 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Merles my favorite and he is George Jones favorite too. I hope you come back to Iowa or Missouri soon. God Bless Keep on trucking Merle!!

  • Shirley Gillis | Oct 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Just read on the list of tour dates that you are coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    can’t wait. I have been watching for you to come to Halifax for years. My husband
    and many others are so excited. We are planning to go to two shows. Thanks so
    much for travelling to these parts. I am spreading the word.

  • Wally | Oct 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Merle, I have viewed the video of you and Marty Robbins, where you impersonate Marty, a hundred times. The look on his and your faces when you finishing singing and playing is very, very amusing! I’ve written a few country songs and would like to send the words and music to one special patriotic, country song entitled “Back Home in America.” I’d love to hear you sing it. God richly blessed you and I pray that he grants you many, many more years to share your gift with those of us who admire you so very much!

  • TWANNY BUGEJA | Oct 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    It’s been now for more than 40 years following country music, I come from the island of MALTA situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Merle since has been my favourite country singer, with songs like Okie, Lonesome Fugitive, Tonight the bottle let me down etc etc. Great Singer..Great Hero Man.. Mat I ask.. when shall we see for the first time this great singer singing ‘live’ in our beutiful country. Fingers across.

  • Bernard Russell | Oct 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Just heard that you will be coming to Bathurst New Brunswick Canada on your tour and will be performing about 30 miles from us .As soon as tickets go on sale we will be buying them as you are one of my favorite country singers. Silver wings is a favorite of mine but too many to choose from as you are one of the greatest. So excited that you are coming to New Brunswick,Canada.

  • charlene | Oct 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I first heard Merle Haggard sing when I was a youngster. My mom loved his music. As a family, we would hear our mother play and sing merle’s songs. Our mom and dad had many musical friends who would come over on the weekend and play the guitars and sing to mama tried, sing me back home, fightin side of me, and by now you get the picture!!! My mom passed in 2005 but one of her dreams was to hear merle sing live. She never got to experience him in concert!! I recently found out that Merle is coming to my hometown of Sydney, N.S. on May 16th/2012. Although I no longer live in Cape Breton (four hours away from where I live now), my family have made a pledge in memory of our loving mom, that we will all go. Since my mom’s passing, I listen to merle sing me back to those beautiful memories!! Merle, if you read these posts, you have no idea the sense of comfort your music has provided to not only me but my whole family!! I can’t wait to see you live and I want you to know that your music has been a part of my upbringing and our family’s musical legacy!!!!!

    • dave scott | Nov 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

      charlene read ur blog blew my mind as i did the same thing in 2010….sing me back home was also her favorite………i am not kidding……have a huge tattoo of her with the initials smbh…..u will not be disappointed….email me if u wish…..god bless…..im crying

  • Little Girl Fan | Oct 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I love you always dad, all through the years…You are doing great. Hugs, M

  • Greg | Oct 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    can someone tell me which album has fightin side of me version where Merle imitates Buck Owens and Johnny Cash etc.??

    • Christie | Oct 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I think you must be referring to the live show recorded in February 1970 at Convention Hall, Philadelphia which was released in July 1970 on the LP “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” (Capitol ST-451). Merle introduced this part of the show something like this, “…would ya’ll like to see some some impersonations for a second or two? OK alright I’ll tell you what, we would but we don’t know any – nah really we’re gonna try to do a couple or three for you. We hope that you recognize ‘em the first one goes like this right here. This is one of my very favorite singers and if I don’t sound like him I’m gonna be mad at me.” and then he did impersonations of Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, and Buck Owens. “The Fighin’ Side Of Me” was the last track on the LP.

    • michael | Oct 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      It was recored live in Phily,and it was great

  • Christina Andrews | Oct 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Merle, you are the best of the best! I hope you are comn near Pittsburgh, PA in 2013! Drove to Williamsport to see you in April, long drive, but well worth it! What do your upcoming shows look like as far as PA? Need to know so I can get front row seats for us! Love you and your terrific music, you are a outstanding musician and song writer. Your songs have so much meaning and truth to them. Love ya, Christina

  • tarry | Oct 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

    merle…u were here in 60′s …time to come home …Fairbanks ,Alaska…….

  • lOUISE | Oct 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Merle any chance that you will be coming to Canada soon to perform a great show.. hope you will..

  • Corey Valencia | Oct 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I have every C.D. you have ever put out, I lission to them all the time,

  • Robert Beckett | Oct 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for speaking your mind about your religious and acknowledgement of President Obama. I really enjoy your work and heart-felt song lyrics. Happy 75th and my hope of many more to come.

  • Merle Norris | Oct 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

    We have the same first name, but that’s where the similarity ends. I’m 77 and have been playing your songs for over half a century. I’m glad we are both still alive and between you and George Jones, those are the only CDs and DVDS I listen to and watch. If you want to hear somebody else, don’t come to my house! Thanks for your music, it means a lot to me.
    Merle Norris

  • Mike | Sep 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Hag It was almost the perfect country show at Knuckleheads Saloon, you and your band were real on. Nice to see that it was a family affair. I loved your whistle blowing back to the train ( it was better then the feed backs version). The perfect show would of been if you invited Dallas back out and did Must of been drunk and Yesterday’s wine. In any case glad to see you back being at your best rocking country music.

    • Carol | Oct 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Merle of all the country singer I have seen and heard, you are the best, I fell in love with your voice way in the early 1970′s and still love your voice as much today as ever. I saw you in Toronto , you were singing some of Jimmy Rogers songs, all was great, I love all your songs , but ( you are my favourite memory of all ) is one of your best. Can’t wait to see you in Moncton . keep well

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