Merle Haggard is Now on Twitter and is Fun to Follow
When I was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2009 Merle Haggard was the guest performer. The folks that put the show together asked Merle several months beforehand to do the show. At first he wasn’t well enough after having battled cancer. Then, he didn;t want to see a bunch of radio people, “Who don’t play my music”. Well, Merle, “These are the guys that DID play your music”. After he was told that he agreed to come.
I’m glad because I’d been playing Merle’s music since 1964. And, now he’s on Twitter!
“Hello Twitter. #FirstTweet.” That’s how he kicked off his new Twitter account tjis week — but after his inaugural greet tweet, according to the folks at tasteofcountry.com, things just got, well, kind of weird.
“A few moments after greeting his followers, the American icon followed up with: ‘Greetings all participators, especially all you sweet potaters. There’s always something new . . . Any songwriters find a rhyme for that?’
Later on, things got even goofier when he blasted followers with, ‘According to the judicial standpoint upon the cummiltation of the poultry if it makes any difference to me and I find out that’s all I hope.’
And then: ‘A little bit of honest, down-home gibberish to get it started! What an instrument this is!’
We’re not sure what the Hag is trying to say, but we’re glad he’s having fun with it. After all, if anyone can get away with a bizarre social media profile, it’s this hard-worn country legend. Other twittering country celebs like the Oak Ridge Boys and Miranda Lambert tweeted their excitement about Haggard’s new habit — and he’s already learned how to reply to them.
Miranda Lambert retweeted the following message to her followers: ‘Merle Haggard is performing [Wednesday] night at the Ryman if any of you guys want a lesson in how not to be a [wimp].” Haggard responded with, “I’m available to give lessons anytime, see y’all tomorrow.’”
Thanks to our reporters at Taste of Country for that.
I’ve been following Merle for the rest of the week and all I’ve see so far are re-tweets. I bet he still has some more left in him. We’ll let you knwo.
Twitter has recently added a few other country stars to its numbers, as Carrie Underwood who opened an account in February and Trace Adkins who started tweeting in March. As for Mr. Haggard, we’re looking forward to reading what he has to say. He’ll probably be a little too tied up to tweet tonight however, as he’s scheduled to take the stage at a sold-out Ryman Auditorium in Music City.