Although country music lost a legend when Merle Haggard passed away on April 6, he left behind a huge archive of unreleased music for fans to enjoy for years to come.
In an interview with Broadway’s Electric Barnyard last year, the late singer revealed that he had penned and recorded hundreds of songs that had never been publicly released.
He stated that there were “probably 300, 400 songs that I haven’t released that I’ve collected over the years,” which had been stored in what he called “the archive.”
“We haven’t released anything from that,” Haggard explained. “When I get unable to record or sing anymore or get killed or something, well, they’ll probably put it out.”
It’s unclear if there are currently any plans in the works to get this unheard material out into the public, but it’s comforting to know that we still haven’t heard the last of the Hag’s incredible voice.
Merle Haggard passed away from pneumonia on April 6, his 79th birthday. Just hours after his passing, Haggard’s son Ben shared a photo taken from his father’s bedside with the following statement. “He loved everything about life, and he loved that every one of you gave him a chance with his music,” he said. “He wasn’t just a country singer… he was the best country singer that ever lived.”