"Merle Ronald Haggard" (nicknamed "The Hag"; born April 06, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Emerging from prison in the 1960s, Haggard was one of the early innovators of the Bakersfield Sound. With his hard biting electric guitar, he almost single-handedly introduced country to the electric sound. By the 1970s, he was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. His work in familiar country themes – jail, betrayal, drinking and wandering – include a directness that reflects his own life experience. His deep, grumbling, voice and dazzling guitar work gives his country a blues-like quality in many cuts.
Haggard's parents moved from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression; at that time, much of the population of Bakersfield was made up of economic refugees from Oklahoma and surrounding states. Haggard's father died when Merle was 9, and Merle began to rebel against his mother. Authorities put him in a juvenile detention center. Haggard's older brother gave him a guitar when Merle was 12, and he taught himself to p...
|Born||April 06, 1937|
|Occupation||Country music singer and songwriter|
|Years active||1965 in country music|
|Current members|| Country Music Hall of Fame |
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame