posted by Dave Arnold
We are starting the new year off with a bang. We flew across the country and skoaled country music legend Merle Haggard –one of our musical heros.
Readers might remember our excitement at the opportunity to meet Mr. Haggard, expressed here.
How do you like that?
It gets even better. Merle’s wife Theresa sings backup andÂ agreed to skoal too.
And there is absolutely nothing Cooking Issues enjoyes more than a good couple’s skoal.
Merle and Theresa were incredibly gracious, as was Frank Mull, Merle’s long-time road manager.Â They warmed toÂ Cooking IssuesÂ as soon asÂ I described myself as a high-tech moonshiner.Â Merle’s two favorite liquors are tequila (preferably blanco), and George Dickel 86 proof Tennesee whiskey.Â Theresa likes margaritas.Â They were OK with Aquavit.Â
The back story in photos:
We flew into San Fransisco, but the concert was in Modesto.
The concert was fantastic. Merle’s still got it.Â Both his wife Theresa and his youngest son Benion are in the band. At 17, BenionÂ can really rip it up on guitar.
All photos by Travis Huggett except the shot of Modesto, courtesy of my crappy Iphone.