“We need to have music
that contributes to the well-being of the spirit.
Music that cradles people’s lives
and makes things a little easier.
That’s what I try to do, and what I want to do.
You don’t want to close the door on hope.”
~ Merle Haggard
Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era…Source