The Running Kind: David Cantwell on Merle Haggard

David Cantwell is a critic and journalist, and co-author (with Bill Friskics-Warren) of Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles. Last month, he released a revision of his book on Merle Haggard, which originally appeared in 2013. The Running Kind: Listening to Merle Haggard is, as Cantwell writes in his introduction, “not a biography.” Instead, it’s his critical history of Haggard’s performing life and studio work. He joins Aquarium Drunkard to discuss . . .

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