Merle Haggard – Legendary Performances Giveaway

’tis the season for giving and Ranch Twang is ready to do just that. I have a copy of Shout Factory’s Merle Haggard – Legendary Performances DVD that I will be giving away to some lucky reader.

Here’s the copy from the package:

“From the vaults of the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum, this collection features nearly two decades of Merle Haggard performances in his prime not seen since their original broadcast. Now, for the first time on DVD, experience the hits through a chronology of vintage live performances such as “Branded Man” (Country Music Holiday,1968), “Mama Tried” (Billy Walker’s Country Carnival, 1968) and “Okie From Muskogee” (The Porter Wagoner Show, 1970).”

I watched my own copy of the DVD and it’s good stuff and a must have for any Hag fan.

The DVD  listing:

“Branded Man” – Country Music Holiday (1968)
“The Bottle Let Me Down” – Country Music Holiday (1968)
“Swinging Doors” – Country Music Holiday (1968)
“Mama Tried” – Billy Walker’s Country Carnival (1968)
“I Started Loving You Again” – Billy Walker’s Country Carnival (1968)
“I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am” – Billy Walker’s Country Carnival (1968)
“The Fightin’ Side Of Me” – The Porter Wagoner Show (1970)
“Okie From Muskogee” – The Porter Wagoner Show (1970)
“Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)” – CMA Awards (1972)
“Workin’ Man Blues” – Pop! Goes The Country (1974)
“Movin’ On” – Pop! Goes The Country (1975)
“The Roots Of My Raising” – The Porter Wagoner Show (1977)
“Ramblin’ Fever” – Pop! Goes The Country (1977)
“That’s The Way Love Goes” – CMA Awards (1983)
“San Antonio Rose” – Johnny Cash Christmas Special (1983)

Merle Haggard Interview (1981)
Merle Haggard’s Hall Of Fame Induction (1994)

Leave a post below with your favorite Hag song and I will randomly choose a winner at the end of the week (12/19). Good luck!

27 thoughts on “Merle Haggard – Legendary Performances Giveaway

  1. December 15, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Man, there are so many to pick from…. I guess my favorite today is “Mama Tried.”

  2. J.D. Mahaffey
    December 15, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I can’t remember what album it was on but Merle did a killer version of ‘always late (with your kisses)’ i always loved his version of that.

  3. Kim
    December 15, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Wow. As a born and bred Oklahoman, most would think my favorite would be ‘Okie from Muskogee’, but I can happily say I’m not a complete cliche. Favorites always need to tug at my heart strings, and when my brother calls it’s ‘Mama Tried’ that rings on my phone. Definitely one of the songs that will always remind me of Bud. When I tire of NYC – as I often do these days – it’s ‘Big City’ that sets me to tears. But a favorite? Not quite. What song can I never tire of? What song says more about me than any one of them? “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”. A jukebox without this song, ain’t a jukebox my friend

  4. Karin
    December 15, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Love “Movin’ On”–also love “Okie From Muskogee” ……..

  5. Mike France
    December 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Merle is the most underrated, underappreciated artist out there. He is country music’s Dylon. I have at least 50 favorites of his, but if you have to nail me down, Looking For A Place To Fall Apart is about as good as it gets, while Today I Started Loving You Again is probably as close to perfect country song as I have heard. Long live The Hag!

  6. Eric
    December 15, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Definitely “Going Where The Lonely Go.” The production of it fits the subject perfectly.

  7. December 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    It’s really difficult to choose, but I’ll go with “Hungry Eyes.”

  8. Griffin Nixon
    December 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I Won’t Give Up My Train…absolutely.

  9. Mike K
    December 15, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    As others have said, it’s hard to pick just one, but for today anyway, I’ll say “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine” from the Serving 190 Proof album.

  10. nathan
    December 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I appreciate the offer.
    My favorite is “Are the Good Times Really Over.”

  11. Willie
    December 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    “Misery,” from his Bob Wills tribute album. But I do also love “Swinging Doors” and “Big City.” And “California Cottonfields.” I should stop now.

  12. Jeff
    December 15, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    TOUGH decision, man. I’ll have a different answer in an hour, but for the moment I’ll go with “Holding Things Together.”

  13. Sam
    December 15, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Okie from Muskogee

  14. December 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Rainbow Stew, hands down.

  15. Jimi
    December 16, 2008 at 12:22 am

    I’m gonna go with “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.”

  16. December 16, 2008 at 5:51 am

    I would have to say my favorite Hag song is Ramblin’ Fever… hands down

  17. Sabrina
    December 16, 2008 at 7:43 am


  18. December 16, 2008 at 8:33 am

    My favorite Merle Haggard song is also my favorite Christmas song — “If We Make it Through December.”

  19. Don
    December 16, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Sort of a blue day today, so I’m picking “Sing Me Back Home” . So powerful

  20. Jethro
    December 16, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Merle has so many good songs that it’s hard to choose but I think my all-time favorite is Swingin’ Doors.

  21. Cindy Regan
    December 16, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I love, love, love “I Can’t Hold Myself in Line.” But let me echo what’s already been said: there are too many great songs to choose from. The poet of the common man, indeed.

  22. ryan
    December 16, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Merle rules. Today my favorite song of his is “You Don’t Have Very Far To Go.”

  23. December 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    My Favorite Hag Song is Thats the way it was in 51. My brother Marlon was stupid to pull Dad’s Guitar out of the Hall of Fame. But I heard that He sold it to Merle. Ican live with that. I wish someone would do stories about the second generation Artists like me and Steve Kilgore and other kids that have followed in their parents foot steps. I am a strong singer/songwriter who has not been given the time of day like Hank jr or Lorrie Morgan or Pam Tillis. Don’t get me wrong I don’t sing as good as my Dad, but Doodle Owens and Abe Mulkey said that I wrote alot like my father and Had some great songs. Try reaching out to some of us second generation music fools. Thanks Crockett Frizzell

  24. Baron Lane
    December 17, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Crockett: Great story about your daddy’s guitar. I try and posy on second generation artists when I hear they’re doing music. Send me some stuff and let me know when you’re on the road and I guarantee I will posy it.

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