Merle Haggard

All Night Long

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With his late-1970s album ALL NIGHT LONG Merle Haggard returned to his honky-tonk barroom roots in a collection of uptempo songs performed with a smoking, stripped down band. Sung with then up-and-coming singer Randy Travis, the title track is a fiddle- and pedal steel-laced homage to the king of Western swing, Bob Wills, while "The Farmer's Daughter" is a traditional tearjerker, "A Bar in Bakersfield" is a semi-autobiographical honky-tonk special, and Haggard just wouldn't be Haggard without courting some controversy with the unapologetically redneck "I'm a White Boy."

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