Merle Haggard listening party and contest


  Merle Haggard - Working In Tennessee by Vanguard Records


What can be written about Merle Haggard that hasn't already been said? It nearly goes without saying that he's a legend in his field and the inspiration for generations of other singer-songwriters.


On Oct. 4, he has a new album coming out titled Working in Tennessee, and we've teamed up with the fine folks at Vanguard Records to offer you an advanced stream of the album above. You can listen as often as you'd like for this week - the stream is available through Friday, Sep. 30. 


But wait, there's more. The folks at Vanguard have also given us two copies of the album on vinyl, to give away to two lucky ND community members.


To win a copy of Working in Tennessee on vinyl, simply listen to the album a few times, then scroll to the bottom of this page and leave a comment with your thoughts. Is there a song that sticks out most for you? Why? Anything surprising here? Any songs you'd have liked to see included, but are missing? Leave it all in the comments. 


You have until 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, Sep. 30, 2011, to  enter this contest. Comments left on Facebook or submitted via Twitter or separate blog posts on this site will not be considered. Feel free to comment more than once, however. We just ask you to make sure your comment is posted on this page and not elsewhere. 


Once the contest closes, we'll choose two winners at random and announce them the following day. We hope you enjoy the stream, and wish you good luck in the contest. 

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Comment by KarlieJ on September 27, 2011 at 7:18am
Love hearing Merle's son on "Working Man Blues" - he has an early 90s tone to his voice.
Comment by Popa Tunes on September 27, 2011 at 8:17am
This just made my day
Comment by AP on September 27, 2011 at 8:24am
I love the texas swing of Working in Tennessee. Makes my foot tap and my face smile.
Comment by Gene Phelps on September 27, 2011 at 8:33am
I absolutely loved it from track one all the way down to number 11. I felt as if I were traveling cross country in a big rig back in  1966.  I would have to say Cocaine Blues was my favorite (if I had to pick one) to get me through my journey but the haunting vocals of "What I Hate"  pull it in close for a tie. Truly a modern classic Americana record
Comment by Dana Ehret on September 27, 2011 at 9:25am
Working Man Blues is one of my favorites by far....The Hag still has it!
Comment by Mark McConville on September 27, 2011 at 9:30am
I've always loved Jackson, and this version is really fun. Good stuff, Hag!
Comment by Cody White on September 27, 2011 at 9:32am

"Gotta be more demanding, down at the corner pub..." I suppose the current issues in country music are pretty self evident nowadays but Merle makes a great case that true country is not dead with not just the song "Too Much Boogie Woogie" but with the album as a whole. From the upbeat, fast paced numbers like the rollicking version of "Working Man Blues" to the slow and biting "What I Hate," everything comes together in a great balance. And I can't listen to "Down on the Houseboat" and not think of all of the crazy stories he wrote in his autobiography!

Comment by Donnalee Geiger on September 27, 2011 at 9:52am
Working in Tennessee had me at the beginning with its toe tapping melody....but I would have to say that Workin' Man Blues would be my favorite on this.  It was great to hear Ben on his solo and of course Willie too.  I loved Too Much Boogie Woogie too, as Merle proves that he still has it!  He can just keep on Boogie Woogie ing because he definitely still makes me smile~~Looking forward to this album when it comes out!  You, my friend, are the Man!!
Comment by Michelle Roach on September 27, 2011 at 10:23am
Love Merle ! Don't think there is such a thing as a bad song when it comes to Merle :-) Working man blues would have been a great addition !
Comment by Michelle Roach on September 27, 2011 at 10:24am
that should have been working man blues is a GREAT ADDITION to the album


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