Just read a freshly posted piece, here's the end of it...
Haggard wrote the foreword to his biography, an early summation of the ingredients of his life and his music. He read it himself for the audio book version:
"I've lived through 17 stays in penal institutions. Incarceration in a penitentiary. Five marriages, bankruptcy, a broken back, brawls, shooting incidents, swindlings, sickness, the death of loved ones and more. I've heard tens of thousands chant my name when I couldn't hear the voice of my own soul. I wondered if God was listening and I was sure no one else was."
With Haggard's death, perhaps he will finally learn that God was indeed listening and was actually a fan.
There have been a lot of so-called country musicians who have given a nod to the Hag over the years. I don't care for a lot of them or the music they write, but I like this one. Gretchen can sure sing, and she started out honky-tonk as they come.