April 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM #35196
As a tribute to Merle Haggard, I’ve done lesson a for one of my favorites of his songs. I didn’t realize until researching this song that it was inspired by a real event from his time in prison.April 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM #35197
Sweet! Thanks John!
This will be the next song I try to fit what I’m working on into.
I’ve been working on one of Merle’s’ Two-steps trying to play double stops made up of a 3rd above and a third below ala Buddy Spicher type stuff. It’s a grueling project for me, but the goal is well worth it.
For anyone who didn’t understand my ramblings above…it sounds like 3 fiddles playing harmony in 3 parts, but there are really only 2 instruments. (think Bob Wills and some Bill Monroe)April 11, 2016 at 4:42 PM #35201
Very well done my friend and that’s exactly the kind of country fiddle I like. The difference between country artist of old compared to today is guys like Merle wrote from the heart about real life experiences and these phonies today write about whatever they think will sell records or make a good video. I always enjoy the story behind the song.April 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM #35203
Merle was far more gifted than people gave him credit. And yes, he was real. His persona and his music weren’t created by backroom agents and producers. I love this song more every time I hear it.April 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM #35206
Love it! I’m not familiar with this song but it sounded great!
RandyApril 11, 2016 at 9:01 PM #35210
I never heard it before but I like it. Very nicely done tribute. Y’all sound so nice together! Thanks again, John. I wish I could learn ’em as fast as you post them!April 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM #35213
Great song by a great country artist…Wayne sings this one but I think in “E” …it will be a one for my double stop practice!April 11, 2016 at 10:53 PM #35215
Great job on one outside the box. Music for what it’s intended to be. nice job on the vocals and fun to play. The Hag was underrated, he hits that heart string that few can.April 12, 2016 at 9:05 AM #35223
Wow , One of my favorite singers , Merle Haggard. He was also a great fiddler. Thanks so much John. Getting a membership from you is the best money I ever spent.April 12, 2016 at 2:13 PM #35233
Thanks everyone. Peggy, I’d love to hear you and Wayne do this tune sometime. The key of A is too high for me, too, but that’s where Merle pitched it. He had a deceptively high voice.April 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM #35236
Great tune and nicely done. Won’t try this one yet, but I can see it down the road.April 13, 2016 at 12:12 AM #35248
[quote=35201]The difference between country artist of old compared to today is guys like Merle wrote from the heart about real life experiences and these phonies today write about whatever they think will sell records or make a good video. I always enjoy the story behind the song.[/quote]
Thanks for saying this Mike ! Feelings mutual , I was just explaining that to a friend of mine last week . Very inspired to write now .
John , thanks so much for this lesson , even though I have not heard the song yet , people around here love Merle and his biggest fans , they translate his songs to french , and if you say it s your favorite , I will learn it and folks in these parts will be happy when I play it , in English as tribute .
Just awesome ,
GuApril 14, 2016 at 11:15 AM #35275
It does have very poignant words. A tear comes to my eye every time I sing “there’s a song my mama sang” in the second verse. My thoughts go out to my own Mama, and her favorite hymn that she sang a lot around the house. When I hear this hymn, it reminds me of my childhood, and my loving home.
This is the reason Merle doesn’t tell us the name of the song, and he doesn’t describe the convict’s mother. Leaving it to the imagination, he wants us to think of our own Mother, and the hymns that she sang. This is the genius of his writing. By relating the song to yourself, you are suddenly in the shoes of the convict, facing death, and thinking of your mother. At that point, you realize that whatever this man may have done, somewhere is a mother who loved him.
Kind of like this man:April 15, 2016 at 4:47 AM #35328
Beautiful song, John! You and your daughters sound so good singing together!April 16, 2016 at 12:17 AM #35357
Thanks Justine! I hope you are doing well.August 14, 2016 at 2:25 PM #39259
I’m so glad this is one of the songs on your “menu.” Just before I signed on to BlueGrassDaddy, I was a workshop participant over in Elkins WV, the Augusta Heritage Classic Country Week, early July 2016. The first song we all worked on in the “Melodic Improvisation Class” was this very Merle Haggard classic. And your exquisitely beautiful rendition of the song and the fiddle-break is just the model I want to aim at. Another piece on my to-do list. A big thanks.
MDSAugust 14, 2016 at 10:24 PM #39277
Thank you! Merle was an amazing artist.April 29, 2017 at 2:13 AM #48206
I enjoyed this rendition very much, including the harmonies. I grew up hearing my Dad’s band play this and other Merle H songs but this was one of my favorites. It’s great to have a lesson for it here, thanks!April 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM #48224
You’re welcome! We did this as a tribute when Merle died. He was a great fiddler.February 20, 2019 at 4:14 AM #69361
Thanks John for the performance videos and tracks in the key of G , I will have this added to my rotation today !February 20, 2019 at 10:27 AM #69368
Awesome! Hope to hear you playing this!
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