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At 16 Hours, Ken Burns’ Country Music Ain’t Nearly Long Enough

There's a moment three episodes into Ken Burns' new eight-episode/16-hour binge-doc Country Music when I had to hit pause. Ernest Tubb, an up-and-coming country crooner…
Stephen Deusner | September 13, 2019 - 12:30 pm

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You Want It Darker: 2016’s Musician Deaths & Where We Go From Here

At the tail end of last year, Lemmy Kilmister died. You could see that one coming, between recurring reports of the man’s failing health and…
Ryan Leas | December 2, 2016 - 2:00 pm


Various Artists: A Tribute To ’90s Tribute Albums

It's Weird '90s Week on Stereogum. All week long we're looking at the strangest musical moments and trends of the decade. Check out more here.
Stephen Deusner | May 16, 2016 - 3:14 pm

More Merle Haggard stories

House Of Representatives Unanimously Votes To Name Bakersfield Post Office After Merle Haggard

In a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to rename a post office in Merle Haggard’s hometown of Bakersfield…
Andy Cush/Spin | July 12, 2017 - 11:51 am

Bonnie Prince Billy – “No Time To Cry” (Iris DeMent Cover) Video

Bonnie Prince Billy recorded a cover of Iris DeMent's 1993 song "No Time To Cry" for the vinyl edition of his recent album Best Troubador,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 25, 2017 - 10:44 am

Stream Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Best Troubador

Will Oldham's appreciation for Merle Haggard is no secret, and in light of the country legend's recent passing, he decided to record an album full…
James Rettig | April 27, 2017 - 10:31 am

Watch Bonnie “Prince” Billy & His Dogs Cover Merle Haggard On Local Louisville Morning News

Will Oldham, the country-folk enigma who performs as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, doesn't do a whole lot of interviews, or a whole lot of media in…
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2017 - 1:12 pm

Watch Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, & More Perform At Merle Haggard Tribute Concert In Nashville

Last night, on the one-year anniversary of Merle Haggard's death, a ton of artists gathered together at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for Sing Me
James Rettig | April 7, 2017 - 12:22 pm

Willie Nelson – “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” Video

A year ago today, we lost Merle Haggard, the country music icon. And on his new album God's Problem Child, Willie Nelson -- Haggard's friend,…
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Watch Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Cover Merle Haggard In A Steamroom

Next month, Will Oldham will release Best Troubador, a Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album made up of Merle Haggard covers. We heard his take on "Mama
James Rettig | April 5, 2017 - 11:29 am

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Mama Tried” (Merle Haggard Cover) Video

Will Oldham has always been a vocal admirer of country legend Merle Haggard, who died last year. The first time Oldham ever sang in public,…
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2017 - 11:34 am

Sturgill Simpson Is Mad At The ACM Awards

Nashville insurrectionist Sturgill Simpson has never had much love for the country-music establishment, and his new album A Sailor's Guide To Earth, which is both…
Tom Breihan | August 29, 2016 - 12:27 pm

10 Best Songs

The 10 Best Merle Haggard Songs

It has been a cruel season of loss in the music community, felt most recently with the departure of Merle Haggard, the titan of American…
Elizabeth Bracy | April 12, 2016 - 12:37 pm

R.I.P. Merle Haggard

The country music icon Merle Haggard died today. TMZ reports that Haggard passed away after a bout with double pneumonia. Today was his 79th birthday.
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2016 - 2:11 pm

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If It Ain’t Bro, Don’t Fix It: The Year In Country Music

At the CMAs this year, the music industry made itself make history. After years of bro country dominance, with prized trophies going to dudes with…
Stephen Deusner | December 16, 2015 - 10:41 am