- Kim Reuhl: Merle Haggard was giant of country music, but his true allegiance was to the working class, those struggling, down on luck
- She says his timeless themes highly apt today with political landscape awash in working class anger and middle-class frustration
Kim Ruehl is the editor of No Depression, a quarterly journal of roots music in print and online. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)California was not supposed to be a land of country music legends. For that, we had Austin, Houston, and Nashville. For outsiders, there was Tulsa and certain parts of the greater Southeast. But Merle Haggard never did things the way they were "supposed" to be done.