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Friday, April 30, 2010 – Merle Haggard's new release, "I Am What I Am," entered the Billboard Country Chart at 18 and the Top 200 Chart at 76 this week, marking his highest solo recording Billboard debut in over quarter century, according this publicist. The CD sold 6,753 units.

The Hag performed this past weekend at Stagecoach festival in Indio, Cal. as his set was being broadcast live internationally via Sirius/XM Radio's Country Outlaw channel. The concert will be re-broadcast May 1 at 6 p.m. eastern and May 2 at 10 p.m. eastern.

Haggard is touring behind the new disc with the following dates:

April 28 Eugene, OR - Silva Concert Hall

April 29 Wenatchee, WA - Town Toyota Center

April 30 Tacoma, WA - Emerald Queen Casino

May 1 Pendleton, OR - Wild Horse Gaming Resort

May 6 Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Gardens

May 7 Wendover, NV - Peppermill Casino

May 8 Las Vegas, NV - The Cannery Casino

May 9 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Performing Arts Center

June 3 San Juan Capistrano, CA - Private Event

June 11 Long Beach, CA - 2010 Ink N Iron Festival

June 12 Napa, CA - The Uptown Theater

June 13 Lemoore, CA - Tachi Palace Casino

June 16 Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery

June 17 Grants Pass, OR - Rogue Theatre

June 18-19 Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort

June 20 Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre

July 13 Mescalero, NM - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

July 15 Grand Island, NE - Heartland Events Center

July 16 Cuba, MO - Crawford County Fair

July 18 Sault Ste Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino

July 20-21 Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre

July 22 Trumansburg, NY - Fingerlakes Grassroots Festival

July 23 Richmond, VA - The National

July 24 Renfro Valley, KY - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

July 25 Meridian, MS - The Riley Center @ MSU

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Working in Tennessee CD review - Working in Tennessee
Read Merle Haggard's Wikipedia entry. It talks, in the second sentence, of his having helped create the Bakersfield sound, with its "rough edge." Later, it discusses, at some length, his conservative touchstones, in particular Okie From Muskogee. While, in Wikipedia fashion, that may capture the popular perception of the recent Kennedy Center honoree, it doesn't hit at the core of what made him, along with Willie Nelson and George Jones, one of country music's three most »»»
I Am What I Am CD review - I Am What I Am
It seems that the legendary country artists who survive to their later years, often make some of their best music during that time. It certainly was true with Johnny Cash and apparently Merle Haggard is primed to follow suit. The evidence of that is spread all over his new 12-song outing. Haggard has gone introspective, but he has done it in such a way that most of the songs are easy for the listeners to apply to their own experiences. The opener, I've Seen It Go Away, is about losing the »»»
Legendary Performances DVD CD review - Legendary Performances DVD
The Strangers are a talented and extremely flexible band, as Haggard's mood can vary from showing off his rich singing voice on ballads to playing the jazzy guitar hero via Western swing material. Thus, it takes a multi-faceted combo, like The Strangers, to keep up with Haggard's many moods. This disc collects 15 Haggard TV clips, and the man is definitely not lip synching his way through these performances. For instance, viewers can clearly hear The Hag clear his throat right before »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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