Merle Haggard ranks as one of the definitive icons of country music. A multiple Grammy Award winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer, he was in large part responsible for creating the Bakersfield country sound which was popularized in the 1960s. Incorporating jazzy country swing into his catchy sound that made much use of guitar solos, he created a honky-tonk style that was all his own. While he slipped from the limelight in the 80s and 90s, Merle experienced a comeback in 2000 as a new generation discovered him with the spare, powerful album IF I COULD ONLY FLY. This release features a live performance at the ultimate honky-tonk joint Billy Bob's, with Merle playing all the old hits, as well as new material; the song list includes such favorites as"Mama Tried,""Workin' Man Blues,""A Place to Fall Apart,""Natural High," and "Rainbow Stew," as well as the new "Ol' Country Singer."