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In addition to 40 #1 hits, Merle Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs. He has won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.
Among his many hits are Moma Tried, Okie From Muskogee, If We Make It Through December, Working Man Blues, Big City, I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink, Sing Me Back Home, Daddy Frank, My Favorite Memory, Branded Man, That’s The Way Love Goes, and dozens more. Haggard also collaborated with other noted artists as in his Pancho and Lefty duet with Willie Nelson and Yesterday’s Wine with George Jones.
Haggard’s real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar.
The Carson Valley Inn (www.carsonvalleyinn.com) is located on US Hwy 395 in Minden, NV near the start of State Hwy 88, twenty minutes from Lake Tahoe’s south shore and 45 minutes south of Reno. The property includes a casino, sports and race book, 149-room hotel, 74-room motor lodge, 59-site RV Park, TJ’s Corral Outdoor Concert and Event Center and a convenience store with Shell gas and diesel fuel. There are also banquet and meeting rooms and services plus three dining facilities; CV Steak, the Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse featuring steaks, seafood, pasta dishes and more; Katie’s, for 24- hour dining choices and Job’s Perk for coffee drinks, pastries and sundries.
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