Mighty Merle may be 75 next birthday but this new album confirms that he still has the goods in abundance, as well as clearly enjoying his work.
Recorded at his studios in conjunction with Lou Bradley, the legendary music industry producer.
My only gripe is that five of the songs have been available previously - four on studio albums and the other was the B side of a single. There is also a short version of "Jackson" on one of Merle's live Capitol albums.
According to the grapevine, Hag wasn't too happy with certain cuts on a previous label (where allegedly he'd had issues with the management), hence the re-recorded material.
The collaboration with fellow great Willie Nelson on "Working Man Blues" is especially good - and it features the guitar work and vocals of young Ben Haggard.
Mrs. Haggard makes a passable appearance on the vocals in "Jackson" - the old Johnny Cash/ June Carter hit.
"Too Much Boogie Woogie" is a great uptempo track, a heartfelt grouse about the state of contemporary Country Music in general.
A very decent album overall.