Merle Haggard

Cabin in the Hills

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A Bakersfield-style collection of spirituals, either penned or arranged by Haggard, with the exception of Iris Dement's sublime "Shores of Jordan" and Brumley and Brumley's "This World Is Not My Home." Self-produced and put out on his own label, Hag, Haggard is joined on dobro and steel guitar by Norman Hamlet and on vocals by Porter Wagoner and Bonnie Owens, with whom Haggard dueted on his second hit single, the 1964 release "Just Between the Two of Us." Haggard's own spiritual evolution, which took root while in solitary confinement at San Quentin prison, lends grit and intrigue to this highly listenable set.

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