Working in Tennessee

Working in Tennessee

by Merle HaggardMerle Haggard


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Working in Tennessee, Merle Haggard's second album for Vanguard, plays a little slower and softer than 2010's I Am What I Am, a record where Hag gently dwelled on his mortality. There are times where his age crosses his mind -- particularly on "Sometimes I Dream," where he casually lists off things that aren't likely to pass his way again -- but generally, he's ready to "Laugh It Off" as he gripes about what's playing on the radio, smokes a little dope, and enjoys playing a little bit of blues as he looks back to the past, even cutting a couple of old favorites ("Cocaine Blues," "Jackson") and a new version of "Working Man Blues." Hag never rushes things, never turns up the volume, his western swing now bearing a closer resemblance to the gentlemanly amiability of Hank Thompson instead of the wild, woolly Bob Wills. He's proceeding at the pace of a 74-year-old legend with nothing to prove, yet he's not resting on his laurels, he's just doing what he's always done: singing songs so expertly his virtuosity almost goes unnoticed.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2011
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707820820
catalogNumber: 78208
Rank: 39655

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merle Haggard   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Wood   Piano
Gene Chrisman   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Scott Joss   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Background Vocals,Harmony
Red Lane   Guitar
Joe Manuel   Dobro
Don Markham   Saxophone
Reggie Young   Guitar
Tim Howard   Guitar,Drums
Doug Colosio   Piano,Keyboards
George Receli   Percussion,Drums
Ben Haggard   Guitar,Vocals
Theresa Haggard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Biff Adams   Drums
Kevin Williams   Bass
Jeff Ingraham   Drums

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer,Producer,Duet
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Lou Bradley   Producer,Engineer
Tim Howard   Composer
Doug Colosio   Composer
T.J. "Red" Arnall   Composer
Jenessa Haggard   Composer
Theresa Haggard   Composer,Duet

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