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A ridiculously spirited, lovingly raucous tribute to Merle Haggard from saxophonist Bryan Murray's eccentric band with Jon Irabagon (sax), Jon Lundbom (guitar), Moppa Elliott (bass) and Danny Fischer (drums), with Doc Chadbourne on vocals, banjo and dobro.

Bryan and the Haggards featuring Dr. Eugene Chadbourne
Merles Just Want To Have Fun

Bryan and the Haggards featuring Dr. Eugene Chadbourne: Merles Just Want To Have Fun (Northern Spy)
Label: Northern Spy    
Released in: USA    

"Merles Just Wanna Have Fun is a ridiculous spirited, lovingly raucous tribute to one of country's greats, Merle Haggard. As with Willie Nelson, there's a bit of jazzy sensibility toHaggard's music. The tunes aren't mere three-chord rockers, giving a sextet of exceptional musicians like Bryan and the Haggards featuring Dr. Eugene Chadbourne plenty to work with. And as with Nelson (Poncho to his Lefty, or the other way around), Haggard's songs are full of character, or rebels and patriots and world-weary travelers."-Northern Spy

"This was what I was trying to do in 1980, get a jazz band to play country and western and get a record label to pay to record it and put it out. The closest I could get to that was Shockabilly and obviously that was a sidetrack. So listening to this is really gratifying! Let's see if anybody else likes it!" - Dr. Eugene Chadbourne

"Saxophonist Bryan Murray's wonderful quintet cast an outside-jazz eye on Bakersfield country legend Merle Haggard, and their bodacious results do justice to both camps. The Hag's heartbreaking melodies become fodder for genre-slipping arrangements that take the long way home...The band is recording with Chadbourne, who splays country, rock, and bluegrass with feckless hyperactive humor."-Richard Gehr, Village Voice

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Product Information:

UPC: 081159198770

Label: Northern Spy
Catalog ID: NCSD 046
Squidco Product Code: 18126

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Seizures Palace on July 4th, 2012.


Eugene Chadbourne-vocals, banjo, dobro

Bryan Murray-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, balto! saxophone, talzmer, nose whistle, recorder, ocarina, vocals

Jon Irabagon-C melody saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, penny whistle

Jon Lundbom-guitar, banjo, vocals

Moppa Elliott-bass, vocals

Danny Fischer-drums, vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Fightin' Side Of Me 4:36

2. Old Man From The Mountain 3:20

3. Mama Tried 3:34

4. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am 4:14

5. Bob Wills Medley 8:39

6. Listening To The Wind 5:56

7. Stay Here And Drink 2:39

8. If We Make It Through December 4:34

9. Working Man Medley 5:57

10. Okie From Muskogee 5:09

11. The Way I Am 4:10

12. That's The News 3:04