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1911: The only known date stamp on the boxcar, found on a metal plate on the subfloor. What that tells historical architect George Taylor Louden is that the boxcar itself dates to 1911 or the part that contained the stamp is that old, meaning the boxcar could be older.

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They’ll have to hustle to make it, but brothers Noel and Ben Haggard are hot-footing it from a concert in Oklahoma City on April 8 to Bakersfield the next day for a reason that’s pretty hard to argue with: Their dad.

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They came in work shirts, cowboy hats, Wranglers and permanent tans. Suits were scarce and neck ties scarcer still. In many ways it looked like a typical Bakersfield funeral, a common man’s final farewell, but Merle Ronald Haggard, honored at Valley Baptist Church on Tuesday, was a most unco…

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Toby Keith, who sang with Merle Haggard at one of the country legend’s final concerts, will perform a tribute in celebration of his friend and musical hero Sunday on Fox.

On June 16, 1995, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens staged a joint concert at the Kern County Fairgrounds. It was the first time the twin pillars of the Bakersfield music scene had shared a stage in nearly three decades, and the event attracted national media attention. The Nashville Network sent…

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Many musicians over the years have claimed to have given Merle Haggard his first job on stage, but the story that Haggard endorsed was that of his good friend, Billy Mize. Mize, named the Academy of Country Music's TV Personality of the Year for three years running starting in 1965, suffered…

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Country music lost an icon Wednesday with Merle Haggard’s passing at the age of 79. The genre’s longtime stars and newcomers alike took to Twitter to remember the legend and his enduring influence.

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Merle Haggard composed the soundtrack of a generation of displaced Okies, Arkies and Texans — the rootlessness, the poverty, the field work — but he did it with such towering artistry that the Oildale native, the son of a railroad man and God-fearing mother, belonged not just to Bakersfield …

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Still battling double pneumonia, Merle Haggard has canceled his April concert dates, according to a release issued by his spokeswoman.

Boiling down Buck Owens’ recorded output to a small handful of key songs is no easy task. He recorded more than 40 studio albums and eight live albums over the course of three decades. He placed almost 50 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard country chart, more than 20 of which went to the…

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Country legend and Bakersfield favorite son Merle Haggard is receiving treatment at a California hospital for a recurrence of double pneumonia, his publicist said Tuesday.

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What happens when your dreams start coming true at the tender age of 17? That’s exactly what happened to Australian guitarist Joe Robinson, who won “Australia’s Got Talent” — and a quarter of a million dollars.

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Less than a week after announcing that lingering effects of double pneumonia would force him to cancel his February tour dates, Merle Haggard returned to the stage Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom in Las Vegas to prove he’s got plenty of lung power left.

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We were certain it was only going to be a matter of time until Robert Price’s hot-selling book would be made into a movie.

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He wrote hundreds of songs, many recorded by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, and became a star in his own right. But later in life, Red Simpson would also be known for owning Monday nights at Trout’s nightclub in Oildale and for being the kind of guy you could strike up a conversation with or …

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To all the nice people of Bakersfield, Kern County, the USA and the rest of the world, I want to say something today: Thank you for shopping at the Emporium Western Store since 1909.

Music industry professionals and self-described “music geeks” Randy Poe and Scott B. Bomar recently hosted a SiriusXM radio special called “The Best of the Bakersfield Sound.” Aired on the Willie’s Roadhouse station (which is named for Willie Nelson and features primarily traditional country…

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Illness has forced Merle Haggard to postpone a string of concert dates. According to the country icon's Facebook, Haggard was admitted to an undisclosed California hospital where he's battling pneumonia.

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Unless your name is Carrie, Miranda or Kacey, country music has little use for women these days. But it wasn’t always that way, said Suzy Bogguss, who fondly remembers the Nashville of the 1990s, when original talents like Pam Tillis, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and D…

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With their childhood home sitting on a flatbed nearby, Merle Haggard and his sister carefully climbed up on the raised foundation near the train tracks at the Kern County Museum and searched for a private moment together as dozens of observers, fanning themselves in the brutal heat, kept a r…

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Two princes of country music kings have given a royal pardon to singer Luke Bryan, who apologized for making ill-advised remarks last week while invoking the names of outlaw greats Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and the late Waylon Jennings.

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Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night. After performances by artists including Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Beck, Jackson Browne and others, Dylan himself took a rare opportunity i…

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Apologizing that her home looks like it was cleaned with an eggbeater, Lillian Haggard Rea welcomes a visitor with an offer of water -- "or would you rather have a beer or champagne?" -- and a misgiving that the slightly tardy newspaper reporter might have decided to abandon the interview al…

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Apologizing that her home looks like it was cleaned with an eggbeater, Lillian Haggard Rea welcomes a visitor with an offer of water -- "or would you rather have a beer or champagne?" -- and a misgiving that the slightly tardy newspaper reporter might have decided to abandon the interview al…

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He couldn't wait to leave it when he was a wild, restless boy more than half a century ago, but you'd never know it by the wistful look on Merle Haggard's face Tuesday, when he returned to the house of memories built by his father in Oildale in 1935.