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   [Merle] Haggard harvests bluegrass album, [Hillary] Clinton ode

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3/2/2007 1:55 pm

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Reuters

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Entered 3/2/2007, Updated 3/2/2007

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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Merle Haggard can make a case for himself as the hardest working man in country music these days. The veteran "Okie From Muskogee" (actually Bakersfield, Calif.) will spend the year promoting a number of new album projects. Haggard is also getting attention for a song he's not even released -- "Hillary," an ode to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in which he declares, that "This country needs to be honest/This country needs to be large/Something like a big switch of gender/Let's put a woman in charge." "I'm just reacting to the news," explains Haggard, adding that the Clinton campaign camp has been in touch with his representatives. "Never before in history has there ever been a woman anyone seriously thought to be a possible candidate for president. A couple women in the past had that in mind but never had a chance to in. "(The song) hasn't got past the studio yet. I recorded it and nobody's heard it, but they're talking about it all over the country. It's got me thinking it might be worth putting out there."


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