The Hag’s Pickers

I’ve been really enjoying the guitar playing on the early Merle Haggard records. Hard to find information on who plays what on specific songs; I know Roy Nichols was a mainstay on Telecaster for the Strangers. And wikipedia lists James Burton in the credits on Swinging Doors.

Here is some terrific footage of Merle’s group at a California honkytonk in the mid-60s. It’s from a PBS special on another Tele-master, Roy Buchanan, who taught Robbie Robertson everything he knew about pinch harmonics when the two of them were backing up Ronnie Hawkins.

— CL