The "Okie from Muskogee" shares more than 50 years of country hits and stunning guitar solos
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$24 for one ticket to see An Evening with Merle Haggard (up to $48 value)
Outlaw country: a term some country artists use when they throw a little rock into their sound or cut their cheek while shaving
Real outlaw country: Merle Haggard
21: the birthday Merle famously celebrated in prison after trying to rob a roadhouse, despite how "Mama Tried"
What inspired him to join San Quentin's country band: being in the audience when Johnny Cash played there
Then: he created his twangy Bakersfield sound, got released from prison, formed The Strangers, knocked out 38 number-one hits, earned three Grammys and a Kennedy Center Honor, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Where his untethered Telecaster Thinline solos belong: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Why Merle has been called "the poet of the common man": he writes what he knows, striking a chord with anyone who's ever been beat, broke, busted, or broken-hearted
First number-one hit that showed Merle's tough, yet somber side: "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive"
Number-one hit that punched his somber side in the face: "The Fightin' Side of Me"
Other Merle classics you might hear live: "Silver Wings," "Ramblin' Fever," and the country song to end all country songs, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink"