Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard

Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard


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If you've been paying any attention at all, you know Merle Haggard ranks among the best singers country music has ever produced. What you might not realize is that he's also one of the genre's finest songwriters. For evidence, just listen to this tribute album, which finds a motley crew of roots artists performing 15 of their favorite Haggard tunes. Despite the absence of many of his best-known songs, the package leaves little doubt that, as the liner notes put it, "Haggard may be the last of a breed of great country songwriters that began with Jimmie Rodgers, and continued through Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell." Every composition radiates with Haggard's honesty, eye for detail, and strong point of view, and every track has the feel of a classic. The vast majority of the performances are as impressive as the songs. Tom Russell, who co-produced with Dave Alvin, delivers the package's most Haggard-like vocal on a beautifully handled medley of dust-bowl stories, "Tulare Dust/They're Tearin' the Labor Camps Down," while Alvin turns in a haunting "Kern River." Among the many other highlights: Iris DeMent's "Big City," which Haggard reportedly loved; Rosie Flores' interpretation of "My Own Kind of Hat," one of Haggard's many declarations of independence; Barrence Whitfield's version of "Irma Jackson," which addresses race relations via the tale of an interracial romance; Steve Young's affecting "Shopping for Dresses"; and the melancholy "I Can't Be Myself," where Katy Moffatt hits thrilling high notes. Nobody sings Haggard quite like Haggard, but these recordings are classics in their own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2014
Label: Rockbeat Records
UPC: 0089353327323
catalogNumber: 3273
Rank: 141014

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosie Flores   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Steve Young   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Iris DeMent   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Katy Moffatt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Russell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dave Alvin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Prepared Piano
Peter Case   Harmonica,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Marshall Crenshaw   Vocals,Musician
John Doe   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joe Ely   Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Vocals
Amos Garrett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Rooney   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Billy Joe Shaver   Vocals
Keith Christopher   Bass,Background Vocals
Hank Bones   Upright Bass
James Cruce   Drums
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrew Hardin   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
James Intveld   Bass
Robert Earl Keen   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Weissenborn
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Gurf Morlix   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Davis McLarty   Percussion,Drums
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Barrence Whitfield   Vocals
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Roy Huskey   Upright Bass
Smokey Hormel   Lap Steel Guitar
Eddy Shaver   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Joey Waronker   Percussion
Barry Tashian   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Steve van Gelder   Fiddle
Alison Young   Background Vocals
Richard Bowden   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Dwight Yoakam   Producer
Steve Young   Producer
Tom Russell   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Dave Alvin   Producer,Executive Producer
John Doe   Producer
Joe Ely   Producer
Jim Rooney   Producer
Dave Allen   Liner Notes
Hank Bones   Engineer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Paul DuGre   Engineer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Little Johnny   Engineer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
Gurf Morlix   Producer
R. Simpson   Composer
Larry Jeffries   Engineer
Julie Vlasak   Art Direction
Travis Dickerson   Engineer
Dave Mockford   Engineer
Shaver   Producer
D. Holloway   Composer
Mark Miller   Engineer

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