MERLE HAGGARD GETS A NEW STREET FOR CHRISTMAS:
MERLE HAGGARD DRIVE TO BE UNVEILED
IN COUNTRY LEGEND’S BIRTHPLACE OILDALE, CA
Country legend MERLE HAGGARD is being honored in his birthplace – Oildale, CA – with a stretch of road soon to be renamed in his honor. Earlier this week, Oildale’s Board of Supervisors chose a 3 ½ mile stretch of 7th Standard Road (from Highway 99 to North Chester Ave.) to be newly dubbed Merle Haggard Drive. HAGGARD was born in the town, just north of Bakersfield, in 1937.
Meanwhile, HAGGARD’s recently released CD with fellow icon George Jones – KICKIN’ OUT THE FOOTLIGHTS…AGAIN – has earned continued praise for the man the Los Angeles Times calls “the most influential country singer of his generation.”
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a better country album than this collection featuring two still-vigorous old warriors,” reads People’s 4-star Critic’s Choice review. Rolling Stone asks, “Hag and Jones cover each other’s songs – what’s not to like?” and Amazon.com ponders, “Who knew hard-luck autobiography could sound so exquisite?”