Earlier I clicked a link to a 1972 Grateful Dead concert (movie I think, Sunshine Daydream), in which the Dead covered "Sing Me Back Home". Seeing this thread I realized that it was the Grateful Dead who first introduced me to Merle Haggard's music: "Mama Tried" on their double album. Great song, still one of my favorites of Merle's. Funny, their cover of "You Win Again" on the same record might have been my first real taste of Hank Williams, too. I didn't really "get" country music until my 1979 divorce. My favorite Haggard song is probably "Old Man from the Mountain". You better be there alone. . . . That "Kern River" one's a great song, too. And "Reasons to Quit", and "Holding Things Together". Great writer, singer.