Working in Tennessee

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Working in Tennessee, Merle Haggard's second album for Vanguard, plays a little slower and softer than 2010's I Am What I Am, a record where Hag gently dwelled on his mortality. There are times where his age crosses his mind -- particularly on "Sometimes I Dream," where he casually lists off things that aren't likely to pass his way again -- but generally, he's ready to "Laugh It Off" as he gripes about what's playing on the radio, smokes a little dope, and enjoys playing a little bit of blues as he looks back to the past, even cutting a couple of old favorites ("Cocaine Blues," "Jackson") and a new version of "Working Man Blues." Hag never rushes things, never ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Working in Tennessee, Merle Haggard's second album for Vanguard, plays a little slower and softer than 2010's I Am What I Am, a record where Hag gently dwelled on his mortality. There are times where his age crosses his mind -- particularly on "Sometimes I Dream," where he casually lists off things that aren't likely to pass his way again -- but generally, he's ready to "Laugh It Off" as he gripes about what's playing on the radio, smokes a little dope, and enjoys playing a little bit of blues as he looks back to the past, even cutting a couple of old favorites ("Cocaine Blues," "Jackson") and a new version of "Working Man Blues." Hag never rushes things, never turns up the volume, his western swing now bearing a closer resemblance to the gentlemanly amiability of Hank Thompson instead of the wild, woolly Bob Wills. He's proceeding at the pace of a 74-year-old legend with nothing to prove, yet he's not resting on his laurels, he's just doing what he's always done: singing songs so expertly his virtuosity almost goes unnoticed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707820820
  • Catalog Number: 78208
  • Sales rank: 43,994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Working In Tennessee (2:22)
  2. 2 Down On the Houseboat (2:52)
  3. 3 Cocaine Blues (3:19)
  4. 4 What I Hate (3:52)
  5. 5 Sometimes I Dream (2:45)
  6. 6 Under the Bridge (3:03)
  7. 7 Too Much Boogie Woogie (2:52)
  8. 8 Truck Driver's Blues (2:55)
  9. 9 Laugh It Off (3:52)
  10. 10 Working Man Blues - Ben Haggard (4:09)
  11. 11 Jackson - Theresa Haggard (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Bobby Wood Piano
Gene Chrisman Drums
David Hood Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro, Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Scott Joss Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Background Vocals, Harmony
Red Lane Guitar
Joe Manuel Dobro
Don Markham Saxophone
Reggie Young Guitar
Tim Howard Guitar, Drums
Doug Colosio Piano, Keyboards
George Receli Percussion, Drums
Ben Haggard Guitar, Vocals
Theresa Haggard Vocals, Background Vocals
Biff Adams Drums
Kevin Williams Bass
Jeff Ingraham Drums
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer, Producer, Duet
Jerry Leiber Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
Lou Bradley Producer, Engineer
Tim Howard Composer
Benny Quinn Mastering
Doug Colosio Composer
T.J. "Red" Arnall Composer
Jenessa Haggard Composer
Theresa Haggard Composer, Duet
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