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Music, All Shook Down Listen to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's New Pot Anthem "It's All Going to Pot"

Listen to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's New Pot Anthem "It's All Going to Pot"

The song features the old friends utilizing their…
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Music, Hear This Red Meat: Show Preview

Red Meat: Show Preview

In 1993, when life in S.F. was still cheap, Red Meat was born from the remains of local outfits the Movie Stars and Genuine Diamelles. Long before "Americana" was a useful marketing term, Red Meat played hard-edged, unadulterated honky-tonk country…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Hardly Strictly Bluegrass made another case for itself as the king of S.F. festivals, drawing huge crowds for memorable performances by Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, Robert Plant, Thurston Moore, and others. The weather was gorgeous, the artists were…
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News, The Snitch Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Merle Haggard Rocks! (Slideshow)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Merle Haggard Rocks! (Slideshow)

I'm not one for festivals of any sort -- or any event that requires sharing a Porta-Potty with 5,000 other people for the day. Unless of course, Merle Haggard is performing. Add in Gillian Welch, Broken Social Scene, and some…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday at Hardly Strictly: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson Become the Great HSB Unifiers

Saturday at Hardly Strictly: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson Become the Great HSB Unifiers

Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson A.A. Bondy Robyn Hitchcock Hugh Laurie October 1, 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Better than: Seeing Neil Young after he released Greendale, that's for sure. A man dressed in an official Hardly Strictly shirt walks…
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Music, All Shook Down Merle Haggard vs. San Francisco: Five Songs in Which Country's Best Works Through His Issues with the Bay

Merle Haggard vs. San Francisco: Five Songs in Which Country's Best Works Through His Issues with the Bay

Merle Haggard may contain multitudes, but he tends to feel just one of those multitudinous things at a time -- and to feel it so hard and pure that he seems to have forgotten all the previous things he's felt…
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Calendar, Night&Day Juicy and Delicious

Juicy and Delicious

It's like if Busby Berkeley, Gregory Hines, and Merle Haggard collaborated on a performance project: The Barbary Coast Cloggers do kind of a Western hand-holding stompy-boy ballet thing. It could either be incredibly gay, or incredibly not gay. In this…
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Music, All Shook Down Merle Haggard at Regency Center - Today’s Calendar Pick

Merle Haggard at Regency Center - Today’s Calendar Pick

As international music icons go, Merle Haggard is kind of a weird one. He's an ex-con who writes immortal pop poetry (Tonight the bottle let me down/And let your memory come around). He's antiwar, pro-hick, and famously frowns on longhairs.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Haggard Far from Tired

Haggard Far from Tired

As international music icons go, Merle Haggard is kind of a weird one. He's an ex-con who writes immortal pop poetry ("Tonight the bottle let me down/And let your memory come around."). He's antiwar, pro-hick, and famously frowns on longhairs.…
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Music, Reviewed

The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three doesn't have a drummer, but the band doesn't need one. Cooper McBean's percussive banjo accents and Lucia Turino's forceful slaps on her bass supply more than enough rhythm. Guitarist and lead singer Pete Bernhard completes the…
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Music, Country Crossroads

Country Crossroads

Let's get one thing straight here, music lovers: The Avett Brothers are not an Americana outfit. True, the band has been genuinely impacted by classic roots music as performed by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Merle Haggard. But the group —…
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Music, Reviewed Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price

Country music gets a bad rap from all the commercial bullshit that clogs the airwaves, but if you want to hear the real deal, it doesn't get any more pedigreed than Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. The collective…
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Music, Bouncer

Owl In

Owls are bulbous and therefore one of the cutest animals we've got. They look like Keane paintings of birds, with huge eyes, fat, feathery feet, and a certain naughty innocence. If you could look inside their mouths, you would see…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cash on Demand

Cash on Demand

We still mourn Johnny Cash. To honor the balladeer, who died on Sept. 12, 2003, we resolve to wear more black, to raise our voice in song, to act badly when it seems right, and to repent hard afterward. We're…
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Calendar, Performance The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

THURS 2/12 Stuart Bousel is irritating in his prolificacy. The writer/director of many original, award-winning plays, he habitually does research-intensive adaptations of intellectual bedrock – Aeschylus, Goethe, Marlowe. But that's only one of his genres. He also writes sexy comedies.…
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Music, Reviewed Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

The altcountry scene certainly has no shortage of artists genuflecting toward the late, legendary Gram Parsons. Yet few have retraced his steps as thoroughly and as convincingly as Oakland bandleader Dave Gleason, who embraces the same all-inclusive musical vision as…
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Music, Johnny Cash; Merle Haggard

Johnny Cash; Merle Haggard

In rock and R&B, there's an obvious premium paid on youthfulness, and an almost reflexive disdain for old coots who keep in the game too long. Country music, by contrast, pays tribute to its elders and legends -- up to…
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Damn

Iris DeMent First Congregational Church, Berkeley Monday, Jan. 19 In an interview last year promoting his Central Park concert, Garth Brooks said that the best country music should be a jarring, discomforting thing: Its greatest power is in the lines…
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Country Candor

Merle Haggard & the Strangers, The Bulls, The Geezers Maritime Hall Saturday, Feb. 22 "Pardon me," said the grinning cowboy as he slid past, a plastic cup of beer balanced in each hand. The happy bastard had fortitude, I'll give…
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