Haggard Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Haggard Quotes from David Allan Coe, Jay DeMarcus, Robert Hilburn, Chris Sullivan, Mary Pilon. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

If there ever was a poet for the working class Billy Jo

If there ever was a poet for the working class Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard would be my nomination.
David Allan Coe
Some of my biggest commercial musical influences would be people like Merle Haggard, George Jones, of course, Johnny Cash. People that wrote and sang their own stuff, I really admired.
Jay DeMarcus
Country music tends to be so sentimental and homespun, it’s easy to stumble into self-parody, but Haggard has brought a freshness to the themes that places him alongside Hank Williams and Willie Nelson as one of the greatest country music writers.
Robert Hilburn
Michael Rooker is like the Merle Haggard of the acting world. Never a dull moment.
Chris Sullivan
One of sports journalism’s great ironies is that covering an Olympics can be wildly unhealthy. NBC shows athletes in peak health performing on the ice and snow, but not the haggard reporters subsisting for three weeks on stadium starches, cheap beer, deadlines, and little sleep.
Mary Pilon
I really like Alan Jackson, in Country Music. I think he’s really very, very talented along with George Jones, and Merle Haggard, the same old favorites.
Tanya Tucker
I listen more to music when I’m on my computer. I’m into the latest YouTube thing. I’m a nanosecond kind of listener, but if I’m driving I would be listening to a Merle Haggard box set. It’s a weird experience listening to ‘Working Man Blues’ by Merle Haggard and cruising around in a Porsche.
Jason McCoy
I’ve had mentors who were kind of the troubadour singer-songwriters, like Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and that’s just what I’ve always liked – people who would talk real honestly about their lives and their circumstance.
If I’m listening to country, it’s Hank Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard and stuff like that. If people out there don’t take that stuff seriously, well, they just haven’t listened to it and don’t know what they’re talking about.
Buzz Osborne
Many people have compared me to the Victorian adventure writer, Rider Haggard. I accept that as a compliment. As a boy growing up in Central Africa I read all Haggard’s African novels.
Wilbur Smith
I listen to Lil Wayne, and then I listen to Merle Haggard.
Tyler Farr
I’m a lover of old traditional country – George Jones, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Marty Roberts.
Johnny Van Zant
The Bowery was a place that would let us do original songs – not just covers – but we would have to work for tips, so we learned how to work an audience. In order to keep our jobs, we had to keep people happy, so that meant playing the latest Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top or Merle Haggard.
Randy Owen
I had always loved music. I grew up listening to classic country, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard. My dad loved Vern Gosdin and Keith Whitley. So I kept going to class and started getting totally into playing guitar and teaching myself these songs.
Jake Owen
It’s cool when your husband starts to sing some old Merle Haggard song and I can pop in with a harmony and it doesn’t sound too bad.
Trisha Yearwood
You know, legends are people like Haggard and Jones and Wills and Sinatra. Those people are legends. I’m just a young buck out here trying to keep in that same circle with the rest of ’em.
George Strait
Around 14, I was turned on to Shania, Reba, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood… and I’ve followed it ever since.
Laura Bell Bundy
I read all of Rider Haggard’s books. For me he had the romance of Africa with a little bit of mysticism. I’m delighted to be looked on as his heir and be categorised as an adventure novelist because that’s exactly what I am.
Wilbur Smith
Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley – guys like that were huge influences.
Sturgill Simpson
And I think it’s safe to say that the single very impressive figure to me was Merle Haggard.
Warren Zevon
My music comes from country music. Merle Haggard is God, and I do believe that. I’m not too tuned in to country music. I don’t know who Brooks and Dunn are. I like Shania Twain, though!
Loudon Wainwright III
I was mainly influenced by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and others like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash.
Iris Dement