Roots, Volume 1

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Roots, Volume 1
Roots Vol 1 Merle Haggard.jpg
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released November 6, 2001
Genre Country
Label ANTI-/Epitaph
Producer Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard chronology
Two Old Friends
(2001)
Roots, Volume 1
(2001)
The Peer Sessions
(2002)

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

Background[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 album's tracks were written by Frizzell, but also pays tribute to Hank Williams and Hank Thompson. Haggard also contributes the original composition "More Than My Old Guitar."

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.