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The Bluegrass Sessions

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The Bluegrass Sessions

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Merle Haggard
genre:
Country

We gave it a B

It’s his ”first bluegrass album,” but don’t expect banjo-slamming covers — just Merle Haggard’s own chestnuts revived acoustically. Hag’s usual band swings so much that you may feel these rootsy arrangements straitjacket him. (”Big City,” with its famous ”Turn me loose” chorus, never sounded less loose.) While the main draw of The Bluegrass Sessions is several newly penned tunes from country’s greatest songwriter, you can skip ”What Happened?”, his latest America-now-sucks anthem, and go straight to ”Wouldn’t That Be Something,” a touching plea for marital reconciliation.
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