Roots, Volume 1

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Roots, Volume 1
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released November 6, 2001
Genre Country
Label ANTI-/Epitaph
Producer Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard chronology
If I Could Only Fly
(2000)
Roots, Volume 1
(2001)
The Peer Sessions
(2002)

Roots, Volume 1 is an album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 2001. It reached Number 47 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

History[edit]

After the success of Haggard's If I Could Only Fly, his first album for the independent label ANTI-, he followed with another successful recording with Norman Stephens, the guitarist for Lefty Frizzell, one of Haggard's major influences. Five of the albums tracks were written by Frizzell.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau **[2]

In his Allmusic review, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Roots, Volume 1 an "unexpected return to how country records used to be made" and "an album filled with small gems, but they add up to a large triumph–a rich, masterful album that's not just the best country album of 2001, but one of Haggard's finest moments."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Always Late with Your Kisses" (Lefty Frizzell, Blackie Crawford) – 3:14
  2. "More Than My Old Guitar" (Merle Haggard) – 3:28
  3. "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time" (Frizzell, Jim Beck) – 3:02
  4. "Look What Thoughts Will Do" (Jim Beck, Little Jimmy Dickens, Dub Dickerson, Frizzell, Richard Duncan James) – 2:28
  5. "My Baby's Just Like Money" (Frizzell) – 2:27
  6. "Honky Tonkin'" (Hank Williams) – 2:51
  7. "Runaway Mama" (Haggard) – 4:08
  8. "I'll Sign My Heart Away" (Hank Thompson) – 2:29
  9. "I've Got a Tender Heart" (Haggard) – 2:21
  10. "The Wild Side of Life" (Arlie Carter, William Warren) – 2:42
  11. "Take These Chains from My Heart" (Fred Rose, Hy Heath) – 2:42
  12. "I Want to Be With You Always" (Frizzell, Beck) – 3:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Theresa Lane Haggard – background vocals, percussion
  • Norm Hamlet – steel guitar
  • Abe Manuel, Jr. – fiddle, mandolin, background vocals
  • Billy McGill – guitar
  • Chester Smith – guitar
  • Norman Stevens – guitar
  • Redd Volkaert – guitar
  • Doug Colosio – piano
  • Eddie Curtis – bass
  • Johnnie Barber – drums
  • Brooks Liggatt – drums

Production notes:

  • Merle Haggard – producer
  • Lou Bradley – engineer
  • Bob McGill – engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Robert Hadley – mastering
  • Jesse Fischer – art direction, design
  • Piper Ferguson – photography
  • Johnny Whiteside – liner notes

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 47
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Roots, Volume 1 > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review: Roots, Volume 1". Robert Christgau. Retrieved January 31, 2011.