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AmericanalandWhere Country & Western Met Rock 'n' Roll$
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John Milward

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043918

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043918.001.0001

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White Line Fever

White Line Fever

(p.89) 6 White Line Fever

John Milward

University of Illinois Press

This chapter begins by describing Merle Haggard, who hustled gigs at local clubs after being released from San Quentin State Prison on November 3, 1960. He wrote about hard work (“Working Man Blues”) and couples facing tough times (“If We Make It Through December”). Haggard and Buck Owens then created a repertoire that would prove highly influential for Americana artists. So did Loretta Lynn, who arrived in Nashville in the early 1960s. Musicians quickly learn that the real money in the music business is in songwriting, but country music remained stubbornly far from the coastal mainstream. It was not until Dolly Parton started singing duets with Porter Wagoner that the world would meet the woman who would become one of the most successful songwriters in country music history.

Keywords:   Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Americana artists, Loretta Lynn, musicians, music business, songwriting, country music, Dolly Parton

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