Merle Haggard has never been shy and the 78-year-old isn’t about to get demure on us now. During a recent interview with InFormum, Haggard had a few things to say about country music today. Basically, he thinks it is crap. Haggard knows a thing or two about country music, too– he’s got 38 No. 1 songs to his credit, been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
7 Things Merle Haggard Said About Today’s Country Music:
1. About Sturgill Simpson’s vintage sound, “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one out there. The rest of them sound like a bunch of (crap) to me. He comes out and does a great show.”
2. On song topics, “I can’t tell what they’re doing. They’re talking about screwing on a pickup tailgate and things of that nature. I don’t find no substance.”
3. He knows what’s hot and not, “…and nobody even attempts to write a melody. It’s more of that kids stuff. It’s hot right now, but I’ll tell you what, it’s cooling off.”
4. Johnny Cash wasn’t really his favorite, at first, “”I didn’t like Johnny Cash. I thought he was kind of corny. I wasn’t really a fan.”
5. Haggard’s outlook on life and death is simple, “I don’t really have much sign of aging and I’ve been through cancer, so I ain’t scared of that no more. Looks like somebody wants me alive, so I’m gonna do my best to act like I’m alive.”
6. While the “kids stuff” might be cooling off, Haggard isn’t slowing down anytime soon, “I still enjoy playing.”
7. And of course, he’s got a quick message for the United States government and its infrastructure, “The traveling gets a little rougher every year, but maybe they’ll fix the roads.”
And there it is.
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