A performer who cut his teeth working the rowdy roadhouses around Bakersfield, Merle Haggard has remained true to his hardscrabble country roots, as evidenced by this collection of live recordings which captures Hag and band at their rough-and-ready best. LONESOME FUGITIVE features a typical set of Haggard redneck classics, including tried and true hits like the outlaw anthem title track, the unexpectedly delicate love song "Silver Wings," and the love-it-or-leave-it "Fighting Side of Me." Haggard sounds like he's having a blast, and the band is on white-hot form throughout.
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