Merle Haggard At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
One of music’s most influential songwriters is unarguably Merle Haggard. Haggard, born in April of 1937 in Oildale, California, has been able to connect with fans through his simple and powerful lyrics. He has been named, because of this style of work, “the poet of the common man,” and has also been known to influence almost every country music artist after him. After a stint in jail, Haggard began performing under the inspiration of Johnny Cash. At that time the Bakersfield Sound was developing and Haggard came out with the song “Skid Row.” From there, he was led into a string of successes in country music.