As many have said, if there were a Mount Rushmore of country music Merle’s haggard face would be chiseled in high relief on the mountainside, alongside Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, for his original and lasting contributions to the country genre and to America’s sense of identity.
Plain and simple, Merle Haggard was country royalty. I can’t imagine what the poet of the working man would have said about such high-falutin’ accolades, but I do know this, Haggard was the best singer-songwriter of his generation.
He was unquestionably a seminal artist whose loss will leave a deep void in our music scene and national psyche.
Alex Rivero, Pinecrest