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Murph bids Merle Haggard Farewell and talks about the Difference between Musicians from HIS Era and the Ones we now see running amuck across the Rock-and-Roll and Country Music Worlds

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We lost an amazing star yesterday
San Luis Obispo, CA, 04-07-2016 Thursday: Yesterday, the world lost a musical giant in the form of Merle Haggard, a man who with Buck Owens and some others blazed the way for Nashville West and the Bakersfield Sound.  We had the opportunity to see Merle live on stage in what would become one of his final concert tours last year in Bakersfield, California, on April 25, 2015. 
My husband, Elizando (“Elly”) and I drove over from San Luis Obispo to see the Hag on stage at the Fox Theater in downtown Bakersfield, California, the home of all things country and western.  He put on a great show albeit an abbreviated one as he had an early show for fans who paid to get into the pre-concert show, which we did not. 
One of his sons opened for him and then a lengthy amount of time passed before the Hag hit the stage, much to the pleasure of the crowd as we were wondering about the delay.   
Despite looking tired, Merle did a great albeit somewhat shortened show and it was clear the man did not feel well; however he gave it all he had and we were so happy that we went—it would have been tragic to have missed him. 
The Hag is one of those legendary artists
Merle Haggard is one of those legendary artists who created a sound and personified it through the way he lived, performed, and eventually died.  He was a trooper, born on April 06, 1937; he passed away on April 06, 2016, on his 79th birthday. 
The great thing about the man and his music is that many of the rock bands we have covered here at the blog have recorded several of his songs each.  The Grateful Dead, some of its members, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, many of the bands that ultimately set us on the road to the country rock sound performed and recorded tunes penned by Merle Haggard.   
Farewell, Merle, the world is going to miss you. 
The Difference between Country Music then and now is profound
One thing I feel compelled to say is that the difference of the country and country & western musical pioneers of yore and now is as wide as the Grand Canyon is deep.  I remember when people were excited over the likes of Garth Brooks, and man, he was a big star back in the day before people realized he was as phony as is a mentally ill man wearing a dress claiming to be a ‘woman.’ 
The difference between stars such as Merle, Buck Owens, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and even Emmylou Harris and the modern-day schlubs we see on ‘country music awards shows’ is mind-boggling.  It is the same with the rock-and-roll music of the past and the crap we see onstage and on shows such as “The Voice” and “American Idol.”   
Look at the Rolling Stones as compared with Maroon 5
The difference between the OLD musicians and the NEW is that the OLD ones actually had to work long and hard as well as to live the lifestyles of which, they sang. 
This is why when the Rolling Stones come to a locale near you, people of all ages, from octogenarians (and older!) to kids as young as 10 years-old, go nuts.  It is as if the ‘second coming’ but in the form of the world’s greatest rock-and-roll band arrives in town.  People go nuts, tickets sell out, people pack the auditoriums, the arenas, and the small clubs, every place the Stones appear. 
Fans want that connection with a time in which, the music was outrageous, bold, and unique and bands had actually to work long hours and endless days to create a sound and a persona that carried them throughout the decades.  Some of them lived to now while others fizzled out along the way.  We will always remember Brian Jones, Pigpen, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Steve Marriott, and many, many more, who fell along the roadside.      
Nowadays, singing shows are all the rage
Nowadays, we have people who win singing shows or who put some dopey-ass song onto the Internet and get a billion views from Millennials across the globe.  While I am not discounting that accomplishment, it pales when one compares it to how hard the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, the Faces, the Small Faces, the Animals, the Hollies, as well as the Moody Blues, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Humble Pie and countless other bands had to work. 
They would work seven days a week, do 2-3 sets per night, and go into the studio, then leap into their vans, busses, or rush to airports so they could get to the next show.  It was grueling, if you have read the musical history of the 1960s-1970s then you know how tough it was.   
We have all these ‘chicks’ with mostly one name clogging up the works as well as ‘loser’ bands
Now, we have loads of chicks (I’m a woman, I can say what I want without sounding sexist) with single names or a bunch of loony-tunes punks such as Maroon 5, Coldplay, Fallout Boys, and gobs of other bands out there who play music that is so anemic, I fall into a trance listening to it. 
My grandkids love that sort of music, they see in ho-bags such as Beyoncé, Adele, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and a whole bunch more is beyond me. 
Get me a cookie cutter, find me some dumb skanks whom we can cut into the form we want and let us flood the market with them.  Geez, watching Saturday Night Light last Saturday, Ms. Stefani was on and good Lord, her tunes made me want to puke my guts.    
Some stars sell-out but the great ones evolve while maintaining their identity
I realize times change and that some stars sell out so they can continue putting out albums to a different group of fans than with what they began their careers such as poor old Rod Stewart.  I saw the Faces long ago and I can tell you, they rivaled the Rolling Stones on stage, no doubt about it. 
Now, Rod sings wimpy old songs in his ‘great American songbook’ series, which to me shows him little more as someone who is not willing to work hard to keep his shape.  That is why when the Rolling Stones arrive and Mick Jagger goes to work that even in his seventies, the man can continue performing as he did when he was 18 years-old. 
Some may scoff at him maintaining that rock-and-roll persona he had for the last 50-plus years but you have to give the man lots of credit because he has not allowed his age to slow him down. 
We will talk about the elections tomorrow—I think
I am sorry we did not talk about how well Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders did in Wisconsin the other night but hey, they both did great and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should truly worry. 
I think Senator Cruz is going to rack up more wins in the Northeast of the country and that will be the coup d’ grace for the Trump campaign, his bid to seize control of the government will collapse.  He will self-implode, people now see him for the clueless non-player that he is and his defeat in politics could well carry over to damage him in all other exploits. 
As for Hillary, that woman should be sweating bullets because not only is ignorant Bernie cleaning her clock, I think the FBI is going to come down on her like a load of red-hot bricks and the Clintons will become remnants in musty history books.  What a campaign.  We will discuss it tomorrow. 
Love ya all, God bless and take care and please, pray for Merle, we want to make sure he arrives at the Gates of Heaven if he has not already managed to do so.        
Thank you, my friends!
Murph MacDougal
Murph MacDougal
Certified Club Manager, ACF Member, Foodserver/Bartender and professional Chef and Baker
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I began my career as a young chef in the kitchen back in 1975, actually earlier than that.  I apprenticed underneath my father and spent six years working for him in his British-Irish restaurant in Fresno, California.  I later moved to Frazier Park, California, and spent quite a few years working in the area and that is where I met Stinkbug.  Anyhow, I am now working at a country club over on the coast near San Luis Obispo.  Please note: this is my pen name and any photos of me are simply outdated photos adopted for maintaining my privacy.
Chef Murph MacDougal writes from San Luis Obispo, California.

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TODAY IN HISTORY—APRIL 07, 2016:

President Jimmy Carter:
A.    30 A.D.: Scholars estimate that today is the day Roman troops crucified Jesus Christ.
B.     1118: Pope Celsius II excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor.
C.    1509: France declares war on Venice.
D.    1652: The Dutch establish a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
E.     1788: An expedition led by General Rufus Putnam established a settlement at present-day Marietta, Ohio.
F.     1795: France adopts the meter as the basic measure of length.
G.    1798: The Mississippi Territory was created by an act of Congress with Natchez as the capital.
H.    1818: General Andrew Jackson conquers St. Marks, Florida, driving the Seminole Indians into the bush.
I.       1831: Dom Pedro abdicates to his son; Dom Pedro II crowned emperor of Brazil.
J.      1862: Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
K.    1863: During the Civil War, the Battle of Charleston, South Carolina, took place resulting in a failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter.
L.     1891: Nebraska introduces 8-hour workday.
M.  1902: The Texas Oil Company, Texaco, forms.
N.    1922: The Teapot Dome Scandal began as Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall signed a secret deal to lease U.S. Navy petroleum reserves to his friends, oilmen Harry F. Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny.
O.    1926: Ida Dalser, the Irish wife of Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy, broke his nose in an argument, which led him to declare her mentally unstable.
P.     1927: The image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington, D.C., to New York in the first successful demonstration of long-distance television.
Q.    1933: The two Nazi anti-Jewish laws go into effect in Nazi Germany, banning Jews from public service and from working within the legal system.
R.    1938: Spencer Dryden, the second drummer and the one most associated with The Jefferson Airplane, one of the acid rock groups of the 1960’s and 1970’s was born on this date.  Elsewhere, future California four-term governor, Jerry Brown, was born on this date.
S.      1939: Fascist Italy invaded Albania, which was annexed less than a week later.
T.     1940: Booker T. Washington is the first black American to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.
U.    1942: German paratroopers begin the heavy assault on the Mediterranean island of Malta, attempting to wrest it from the British defenders.
V.    1943: While serving with the Afrika Korps in North Africa, attempted future assassin of Adolf Hitler, Count Claus von Stauffenberg suffers serious injury during a RAF air raid, which would cost him an eye, an arm, and part of his other hand.  Meanwhile, in Salzburg, Austria, Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet for an Axis conference during World War II.
W.  1949: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” opened on Broadway.
X.    1953: The U.N. General Assembly ratified Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden as the new secretary-general succeeding Trygve Lie of Norway.
Y.    1959: A referendum in Oklahoma repealed the state’s ban on alcoholic beverages after being in effect for 51 years.
Z.     1966: The U.S. Navy recovered a hydrogen bomb that the U.S. Air Force had lost in the Mediterranean Sea off Spain following a B-52 crash.
AA.                      1969: The Supreme Court, in Stanley v. Georgia, unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.  Meanwhile, today marks the symbolic birth date of the Internet with the publication of RFC 1.
BB.                       1978: President Jimmy Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.
CC.                      1980: President Jimmy Carter breaks off relations with Iran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
DD.                      1983: Space shuttle astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson went on the first U.S. spacewalk in almost a decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly four hours.
EE.                       1987: Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis for more than 40 years resigns after making racial remarks on NBCsNightline” program.
FF.1988: The Soviet Union announces it would begin withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan after a decade of war in its southern neighbor.
GG.                     2003: Syracuse won the NCAA basketball tournament with an 81-78 victory over Kansas.  Meanwhile, U.S. troops capture Baghdad; two later, the regime of Saddam Hussein imploded.   
HH.                     2009: Former Peruvian President, Alberto Fujimori, receives 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
II.   2010: The Kyrgyzstani riots continue as President Kurmanbek Bakiyev reportedly flees the country, the government steps down and protesters control the parliament building.
JJ. 2013: China reports it will open the South China Sea's Paracel Islands to tourism before the May Day holiday.  Vietnam voices strong opposition this move, as ownership of the islands is in dispute.  Elsewhere, in Doha, Qatar, hundreds of delegates meet as Qatar pledges $500 million in aid to rebuild Sudan’s Darfur, a region racked by a decade-long conflict.
KK.                     2014: The president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, makes the first state visit to England as the Irish head of state; his visit matched the one Queen Elizabeth II made to his country in 2011.


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In late 1970, the Rolling Stones released a VHS film (at the time) and now on DVD a film encapsulating the most notorious part of their 1969 tour in North America: the Altamont Speedway free concert.  “Gimmie Shelter” shows the counter-Woodstock event, one that contained some of the San Francisco groups although not all showed up there once they heard what was taking place there between the Hell’s Angels paid to police the event and not only the crowd but also the bands.  One of the Angels knocked vocalist Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane out cold when he attempted to intervene on behalf of a beleaguered audience member and things got worse by the time the Stones hit the stage.  We urge everyone to seek this film out and see one of the most disastrous concerts of all time, which only adds to the allure and legend of the Stones.  We have a second CD for you today, a soundtrack for a movie in which, Mick Jagger played the title role and sang one tune: “The Outlaw Ned Kelly,” (1970) a story from Wild West Australia.  Please, use our link to visit Amazon.com so you can pick up both in the format, the condition, and the price that is right for you—you will be glad you did.
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