Local Current Blog

April 6, 2016

‘Outlaw country’ legend Merle Haggard dies at 79

Country legend Merle Haggard has died today — his 79th birthday — of pneumonia, his manager confirms. Haggard was one of the best-known purveyors of the Bakersfield Sound: a twangy alternative to the increasingly slick sound coming out of Nashville in the mid-20th century. Haggard rose to stardom in the early 1960s after a tumultuous youth […]

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