One more. We’ve been looking at a couple of the songs from the recent Merle Haggard tribute album that Broken Bow Records put out. They got some really good artists to contribute and the album will definitely be worth checking out.
But one of the more interesting stories on the album is the contribute from Ben Haggard. The name is obviously familiar and it turns out that Ben is Merle’s son. But that’s not all. Ben is the lead guitar player in Merle’s band. I think that’s pretty cool. You have something that’s really a family affair and it kind of reminded me that I need to get out and see Merle and the band on the road pretty soon.
Here is the song that Ben covered. It’s my all time favorite Merle song and Ben does a great job.
Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
Man, what a great song. Anybody that has been a little bit of a hell raiser in their time can relate to this song. You look back on all the bad things you’ve done to cause trouble to yourself and others and realize that it’s all your fault. Some people will look at those things and wonder about the parents, but we all know that it comes down to the person doing those things.
And the groove on this one has always been incredible. The guitar is awesome and Ben really slams the vocals. He nails it. There is obvious influence from his dad on the track, but he has his own sound and it’s pretty cool.
What a great cover. I have to think that we’ll be hearing more from Ben Haggard in the coming years.
Don’t you think?
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