January 14, 1998 |
Merle Haggard sounded slyly pleased at the turn his career has taken since country radio stopped playing his records several years ago, along with those of most country singers over 40. "I've noticed a great increase in my popularity, and my integrity has gone up quite a bit since radio quit playing me," he said between shows Monday at the Crazy Horse Steak House in Santa Ana.
May 14, 1989 |
Toxic waste dumping is the subject of "Incident at Dark River," a movie for the TNT cable network. Mike Farrell and Tess Harper star as the parents of a girl who falls ill because of exposure to the waste. Also starring is Helen Hunt as a student activist who supports Farrell in his quest to uncover the truth about his daughter's illness. David Byrne has directed and scored a one-hour program about the candomble religion of Brazil. Called "Ile Aiye (The House of Life)," it will be shown in July on public television's "Alive From Off Center" series.
June 3, 1989
Feather's assertion that Baker "was a limited trumpeter . . . and an even less talented singer" is way off the mark and damning to Baker's talent ("Film Portrait Does Jazz a Disservice"). The first time I heard Baker's voice, I said to myself, "That's not singing, that's communicating!" He didn't take over a song, but rather he made it a listener's song. Baker had a talent to give of himself, like a Nina Simone or a Piaf or a Merle Haggard and damn few others. Chet Baker is gone and so are his troubles.
January 11, 2006 |
David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and the Weavers have been named recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors "lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium," the academy said Tuesday.
August 10, 1990 |
Country music star Merle Haggard, whose new album "Blue Jungle" contains two songs about the homeless, says people are paying more attention to song lyrics. "There's so much entertainment, so many records being done, and music videos," Haggard said in a recent interview. "In some ways, it's got to come back to the basics and lyrics are the basics. I think people listen more closely now than they used to."
July 24, 2003 |
Merle Haggard's record label is rush-releasing his new single, "That's the News," a song critical of the media's handling of the continuing U.S. military involvement in Iraq. The 66-year-old country singer and songwriter's music has been heard infrequently in recent years on youth-oriented commercial country stations, but the new song has generated significant interest following a piece that aired Monday on Fox News Channel in response to a July 15 story in The Times.
December 16, 2009 |
There's a powerful symmetry at work in "Crazy Heart" that's impossible to resist. It's a parallel between protagonist Bad Blake, a country singer whose entire life has led him to a nadir of disintegration, and star Jeff Bridges, whose exceptional film choices have put him at the height of his powers just in time to make Mr. Blake the capstone role of his career. It's a mark of how fine a performance Bridges gives that it succeeds beautifully even though the besotted, bedeviled country singer has been an overly familiar popular culture staple (Rip Torn in "Payday," Robert Duvall in "Tender Mercies," Hank Williams and Merle Haggard in their own lives)
November 12, 2005 |
Merle Haggard and the Strangers will play today in the front room of the country singer's Northern California home. For 15 bucks, you're invited. To watch via your computer, that is. "We'll webcast and let the world decide whether or not they like it," said Haggard, who has dubbed the series of six Saturday afternoon shows "Merle Haggard on the Sabbath." "We're doing something that's never really been done with my kind of music. "I've always wanted to do this, ever since I was a child and I heard Bob Wills on a noonday broadcast," Haggard said.
June 16, 1992 |
There was a farmer had a dog, And Bingo was his name-o! Country music's legendary Merle Haggard singing "Bingo" on a children's record is about as incongruous as Bob Dylan's rendition of "This Old Man" on last year's pop all-star album "For the Children," from Walt Disney Records. Sing it Haggard does--smooth and sweet--on Disney's latest all-star effort, "Country Music for Kids," this one a for-profit venture, unlike "For the Children," which benefited the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.