The holiday season has finally arrived, which means that you’ll need to find the perfect gifts for those special sound nerd in your life. Over the next several weeks, we’re sharing carefully curated gift guides for the ultimate music fans of Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, Bob Marley, and more.
Merle Haggard was the country singer’s country singer, a purveyor of the Bakersfield Sound, an Okie From Muskogee, and one of the best songwriters that ever lived. His legacy was honored back in April of 2017 with Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, a live concert event that featured several of the late troubadour’s friends like Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Loretta Lynn and so many others.
Our love for Merle lasts all year long, but we wanted to put together the perfect gift guide for the Hag fan in your life. Scroll down to check it out!
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The Legacy Old Favorite is a trucker’s cap you can believe in — solid mesh backing, sturdy machine stitching and timeless character. This beauty features stitching of the classic “HAG” logo and the show title Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard. Wear it while you’re raking up those winter leaves after Thanksgiving dinner.
They knew that Nashville, TN was never going to let them in and be themselves (at least, not yet), so the outlaws of country music took up residency in a ragged California town to pursue an independent genre that was brash, honest, mean, and fiercely original. Robert E. Price’s ‘The Bakersfield Sound’ traces the lineage of this music from the depths of the Great Depression and World War II through the heyday of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hee Haw, and into the twenty-first century.
Relive the sold-out Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard concert event with this distressed red tee. The T-shirt features the names of each performer and commemorates the April 2017 show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. It’s also 100% cotton and was made using a unique garment-dying process that creates subtle variations, so no shirt is exactly alike.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard enjoyed a decades-long friendship that yielded several albums, including 1983’s Pancho & Lefty and the pair’s most recent record from 2015, Django and Jimmie. This 14-track vinyl honors the legacies of noted guitarist Django Reinhardt and the singing brakeman Jimmie Rodgers. Pop this bad boy on and let friendship fill your home.
What does outlaw country smell like? You’d be hard pressed to find a better fit for that scent profile that this Teakwood & Tobacco soy candle from P.F. Candle Co. The California-based company is independently run in Los Angeles (just a few hours from the birthplace of the Bakersfield Sound), and sports a rustic amber jar and paper label. Let it burn while you’re spinning Hag albums.
We can assume that diehard Haggard fans are going to have some experience with turntables, but times really have changed over the past 10 years. The technology’s gotten better, vinyl now comes in luscious 180-gram format, and there are a plethora of manufacturers in the now crowded space. The TN-400S from TEAC is easy to use, features a stunning walnut platform, and superior sound. Any Merle record, vintage to new, is sure to sound fantastic on this rig.
Last but certainly not least, the ‘Hag’ retro baseball tee commemorating the Sing Me Back Home concert event is the perfect holiday gift for your favorite Haggard fan. The three-quarter-sleeves will come in handy during the fall baseball season, at shows, and at home jamming out to records.