Believe it or not I only heard this for the first time last week

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    I can really relate to this...
     
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    huh..... ain't done much honky tonkin' have ya
     
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    Thanks!
    I noticed Asleep At The Wheel alumnus Richard Anastasia on fiddle.
    Merle was a brilliant artist!
     
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    Obviously not.
    What i heard on the radio on the way to work was an acoustic version of this song. I remembered the name, searched it up, and this came up.
    Cant turn back now. Richer for it. Trying to learn the riff at the moment.
     
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    I was not there but wish I had been. Thanks for taking me back there to 1978? It’s not everyone who can play guitar with a cigarette in there pickin hand. Now some of you posters need to get some sleep

    Lost_N_Austin
     
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    Don't feel bad. That was a first for me, but my tastes rarely go that direction, so not surprising either.
     
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    Merle was so cool. The understated blues twists he put in his vocals always just kill me. My favorite part of this clip might be the first break Roy Nichols takes. He and Merle were quite a killer combination.
     
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    Don't feel bad. I can't name one of his songs. I listen to punk, ska, rockabilly, early funk, big band, jive. Country isn't in the list of music I listen to. Except for Johnny Cash. Been listening to him since I was a kid.
     
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    My father-in-law was a big Hag fan. It was tough going from Ozzy and Metallica to trying to do country honky-tonk.
     
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    Try Merle, if you like JC, I bet you'll like him.
     
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    Better late, than never.
     
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    Wow, really? Welcome! My problem is trying to keep that chord rif going while singing it. Merle's lucky, someone else has to do that!
    It's a fun song to play lead to, I thought that was Buck Owen's playing that first lead for a minute, looks a bit like him.
     
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    What a great clip. I love how Roy Nichols rips his solo then just stops playing, like "I'm done".
     
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    Merle had a unique ability to sneak in harmony lines with all his lead guitarists, and he did it "so un-flash", as Keith Richards described Merle's guitar work in an interview. I sure miss going to his live shows :(.

    The Strangers in any iteration were, and are, one of the greatest bands ever.
     
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    I like how they end the song-very tight
     
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    Wow, that's an odd one to have missed. Wait till you hear "Big City."
     
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    Merle and the Strangers were a very tight outfit to see/hear “live”.
    They had an aura of seriousness about them, and it was very apparent who was in charge.
    I saw them in 1980, and all the men in the band wore suits and Fedoras.
    I recall about 10 pieces on stage.
    Merle, then-wife Leona Williams, Roy, Biff, Norm, Tiny, Dennis, Johnny, keys, and sax.
    Brilliant!
     
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    Who was the fella on keys? Sounds a lot like Chuck Leavell.
     
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    The song has an amazing riff, great upbeat tempo (excellent laid back vocals). Have heard variations of it over the years listening to live bands. I've heard it woven into blues/country, but hearing this, I have a clue now where it came from.
    If it's honky tonk guitar, I need a few pointers on what songs I could have a listen to that I'm not familiar with.
     
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    Mark Yeary on piano in that era.

    The horn arrangements Merle did were outstanding. I didn't watch the entire video, but I know Don Markham played sax and trumpet on every one of Haggard's albums, until he retired due to dental problems. Side note, Don passed not long after Merle did.

    If there's a trombone/trumpet player as well, it's most likely Gary Church.

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    Dang it, I looked for internet info on Gary, and he died too, in 2018. He was listed as a co-writer of "I Always Get Lucky With You" along with Haggard, Freddy Powers, and Tex Whitson.

    What tremendous sidemen passed through Merle's band over the decades!
     
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