Merle Haggard passed away recently, and I would like to share some of the Country Gospel songs he sang.
He talks about some of the old singers and Hillbilly heaven.
I am not sure if Merle Haggard wrote some of these country gospel songs or not, but some of them sound very personal.
6. Jesus Christ
13. Old rugged cross
I remember some men singing this song in church when I was young.
19. Mama’s prayer
This is the first country gospel song I sang in front of people at a little house meeting. I learnt the song off by heart, but when I announced the song title my mind went blank. I sang the chorus a couple of times, then I remembered one verse. Then later I remembered another verse. I was so embarrassed. Afterwards, some guy said he enjoyed the song, so I confessed that I had forgotten the words. He said he didn’t know the words. That encouraged me. Now, if I sing one of my own songs and forget the words, nobody will even know, except me!
24. Why me Lord
Some of his fellow singers talk about him, then you see Merle Haggard on stage singing.
27. Victory in Jesus
28. The seeker
I see that this country gospel song was written by Dolly Parton. Thank you Merle Haggard, and I hope you made it through the pearly gates, and are singing in hillbilly heaven!