Singer Merle Haggard

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 15, 2001

Is Merle Haggard still recording? What can you tell me about his personal life?
—Joyce S., Illinois

Haggard, who turned 64 April 6, recently released a new album titled If I Could Only Fly on Anti Records, which is a punk rock label based in Los Angeles. The legend now is earning a new generation of fans as college students go crazy over his new songs. The album has received rave reviews. Although his songs haven't been played on country radio regularly for a decade, he isn't that concerned. He's more interested in gaining new fans. He lives in northern California with his wife, Teresa, and their two young children. He still performs about 100 concerts a year, and no two are alike. He may play his standards, such as Okie From Muskogee, Mama Tried, and Workin' Man Blues, or he may play many of his new songs.