Ray Benson Recalls Fightin’ Side of Merle Haggard

In the fall of 1969, when Ray Benson began putting together his long-haired country band Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” was at the top of the charts. “Okie” was a call to arms against exactly the sort of counter-cultural revolution Benson had in mind with the…

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