Merle Haggard, Country Music’s Outlaw Hero, Dies at 79

Mr. Haggard wrote about his scuffling early life and defied the conventions of the Nashville establishment in building the twangy Bakersfield sound.

Mr. Haggard wrote about his scuffling early life and defied the conventions of the Nashville establishment in building the twangy Bakersfield sound.


An Appraisal: Merle Haggard and ‘Okie From Muskogee,’ the Hit That Helped and Hurt Him

The song made Mr. Haggard the voice of a silent majority concerned by the rise of the counterculture and left him with a scar that never quite healed.

The song made Mr. Haggard the voice of a silent majority concerned by the rise of the counterculture and left him with a scar that never quite healed.


Red Simpson, Singer-Songwriter Who Helped Define the Bakersfield Sound, Dies at 81

Mr. Simpson, who wrote songs recorded by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and others, had his first Top 10 country hit with 1971’s “I’m a Truck.”


Mr. Simpson, who wrote songs recorded by Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and others, had his first Top 10 country hit with 1971’s “I’m a Truck.”


Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally on ‘Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical’

The show is an extension of the long working relationship that has made them two of the most in-demand and disruptive songwriters in country music.

The show is an extension of the long working relationship that has made them two of the most in-demand and disruptive songwriters in country music.


Billy Sherrill, Producer Who Brought New Sound to Country Music, Dies at 78

Mr. Sherrill helped kick-start the career of Tammy Wynette, breathed new life into a declining George Jones and was an architect of the so-called countrypolitan sound.

Mr. Sherrill helped kick-start the career of Tammy Wynette, breathed new life into a declining George Jones and was an architect of the so-called countrypolitan sound.


Billy Sherrill, Producer Who Brought New Sound to County Music, Dies at 78

Mr. Sherrill helped kick-start the career of Tammy Wynette, breathed new life into a declining George Jones and was an architect of the so-called countrypolitan sound.

Mr. Sherrill helped kick-start the career of Tammy Wynette, breathed new life into a declining George Jones and was an architect of the so-called countrypolitan sound.


Critic’s Notebook: With ‘Kill the Lights,’ Luke Bryan Downshifts a Country Party

The country star’s fifth studio album is his most mature, and he’s no longer playing spring break raves. What a drag.


The country star’s fifth studio album is his most mature, and he’s no longer playing spring break raves. What a drag.


Lynn Anderson, Singer of ‘Rose Garden,’ Dies at 67

Ms. Anderson recorded her signature song, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” on a fluke.


Ms. Anderson recorded her signature song, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” on a fluke.