Petition Tag - bakersfield sound

1. Merle Haggard should be honored on a Postage stamp

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

Haggard's childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. He managed to turn his life around and launch a successful country music career, gaining popularity with his songs about the working class that occasionally contained themes contrary to the prevailing anti-Vietnam War sentiment of much popular music of the time. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number one hits on the US country charts, several of which also made the Billboard all-genre singles chart. Haggard continued to release successful albums into the 2000s.

He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006), and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977),Country Music Hall of Fame (1994)[4] and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997).He died on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — at his ranch in Northern California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia.[6]

Merle's last recording, a song called "Kern River Blues", a song that describes Merle's departure from Bakersfield in the late 1970s and his displeasure with politicians. The song was recorded February 9, 2016 and features Merle's son Ben on guitar. The single was released on May 12, 2016 marking the end of Merle's legendary career.

2. Induct Wynn Stewart Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

This petition calls for the induction of country music legend, Wynn Stewart, to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Stewart was one of the forefathers of the legendary Bakersfield sound, using the classic honky tonk style while borrowing stylistic elements of rock 'n roll to create one of the most recognizable sounds in country music.

With songs like "Playboy," "Big, Big Love," "Another Day, Another Dollar," and the 1968 ACM song of the year, "It's Such A Pretty World Today" Stewart influenced legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and other artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Dale Watson, and Alan Jackson.

Despite his untimely death, Stewart's career spanned over three decades and helped create one of the most popular sub-genres of country music that has continued to influence artists well into the 21st century.