Chicago Wind

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Chicago Wind
Chicago Wind Haggard.jpg
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released October 25, 2005
Genre Country
Length 40:46
Label Capitol Records Nashville
Producer Mike Post
Jimmy Bowen
Merle Haggard chronology
Chicago Wind
Kickin' Out the Footlights...Again
(2006)Kickin' Out the Footlights...Again2006

Chicago Wind is the fifty-eighth studio album by American country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, released in 2005. It peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[1] A video was made for the track "America First".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (***) [2]
Freight Train Boogie 3.5/5 stars [3]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the album, writing "Chicago Wind is not the rough and rowdy honky tonk album some fans have been hankering for, but it is a poetic, thoughtful and empathic one that once more displays why Merle Haggard is the living king of country music."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Merle Haggard; except where indicated

  1. "Chicago Wind" – 4:08
  2. "Where's All the Freedom" – 3:22
  3. "White Man Singin' the Blues" – 3:47
  4. "Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go" (Roger Miller) – 3:38
  5. "What I've Been Meaning to Say" – 2:36
  6. "Mexico" – 3:11
  7. "Honky Tonk Man" (Dewayne Blackwell) – 3:04
  8. "America First" – 2:43
  9. "It Always Will Be" (Willie Nelson) – 4:01
  10. "I Still Can't Say Goodbye" (Robert Blinn, James Moore) – 3:38
  11. "Some of Us Fly" (with Toby Keith) – 6:38


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 54


  1. ^ a b c Jurek, Thom. "Chicago Wind > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Chicago Wind > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Freight Train Boogie review