Read Tom Waits’ Moving, Poetic Tribute to Merle Haggard

Growing up around San Diego, California, Tom Waits was drawn to the far-away sounds of the Delta blues, Motown, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. But another artist from closer to home also made a mark on the singer-songwriter: Merle Haggard, who passed away on April 6th, his 79th birthday, due…

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