Friday - Wk 12 - Country Music

Featured Artist: Merle Haggard

Module 11: Country Music Folder *Due Sunday, April 10
1) FORUM: Module 11.1: Country Music Discussion Forum
2) ASSIGNMENT: Module 11.2: Country Music Project Assignment
3) QUIZ: Module 11.3: Country Music Quiz
4) LISTENING: Module 11.4.1 - 11.4.3: Country Music Listening *15 songs

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today we finish up Module 12 Country Music and begin Module 13 World Music on Monday. Be sure to take a look at your emails so you will know what assignments you need to complete.

Please let me know if you have and questions and I will be happy to help.

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Moncrief

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Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was born in1937 during the challenging times of the Great Depression. His family moved from Oklahoma to California after their barn was destroyed in a fire. Merle, his brother, sister, and mom continued to suffer when the lost his Dad to a brain hemorrhage, Merle was 8. His mom become a bookkeeper to support the family so Merle began to get into a lot of trouble since she was busy working. He got into so much trouble in later years that he was sent to San Quenton prison for a robbery in Bakersfield. It was in prison that he changed his way, finished his GED, and became a musician. Who would inspire him? None other than the great Johnny Cash, who performed there at the prison in 1958!

He began performing when he got released from prison, while doing side jobs to pay the bills. His first recorded song was,"Singing My Heart Out." I didn't do very well, but it began the long succession of songs that would be recorded by Merle with hits such as: "Sing Me Back Home", "Mama Tried", and "Okie from Muskogee". All of these songs were covered by many different artists over the years. He would become quite famous for his honest musical style/topics of hard living, because that is what he had done.

He would go on to win many awards from the Grammys to the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Kennedy Center Honors. He would collaborate with many people such as: Wille Nelson, George Jones, Gram Parsons, even Clint Eastwood. Many musicians would cite him as their inspiration such as: The Dixie Chicks, LeaAnn Rimes, Hank Williams III. and many others. He told the stories of the hard life he lived, and entertained people at he same time. Sadly he passed away on April 6 from double pnemonia at age 79.