Haggard and bluegrass and Krauss… oh my!

Merle HaggardBillboard is reporting a couple of new bits of information about the upcoming Merle Haggard acoustic/bluegrass CD we had told you about late last year. We had reported that this new recording would feature Hag and some of Nashville’s top bluegrass players on a set of familiar bluegrass songs, along with some new and classic Haggard compositions, to be released on the McCoury Music label.

New from Billboard is a project title (The Bluegrass Sessions), a projected release date (October 2, 2007) and word of a duet with Merle and Alison Krauss on a new Haggard song.

Most encouraging is the following quote from the article:

“I really enjoyed doing it,” says the 70-year-old Haggard, “and I hope this is just Volume One.”

You can read the brief piece at Billboard.com.

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  • Jon Weisberger

    FYI, while there was some discussion early on about focusing on familiar bluegrass songs, the set in fact consists mostly of Haggard songs old and new, with several of the old ones being relatively obscure.