1994 Merle Haggard – 1994

1994 is the forty-eighth studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1994.

Although Haggard’s profile remained high in 1994, having been the subject of two tribute albums (Mama’s Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard and Tulare Dust), 1994 was a commercial disappointment, peaking at number 60 on the Billboard country albums chart. It had been four years since Haggard’s previous album Blue Jungle, and in his Haggard biography The Running Kind, David Cantwell writes that Haggard, “took to bitching in interviews that Curb was happy enough to use his name for bait, luring future stars like Tim McGraw to the label, but it wouldn’t release his music.” The album includes a remake of his 1977 hit “Ramblin’ Fever.”

Tracks

1  I Am An Island (Max Barnes) 03:37
2  In My Next Life (Max Barnes) 03:51
3  Way Back In The Mountains (Max Barnes; Merle Haggard) 03:13
4  What’s New In New York City (Merle Haggard) 02:50
5  Set My Chickens Free (Merle Haggard; Richard Smith) 02:20
6  Chores (Merle Haggard; Billy Davis; Max Barnes; Theresa Lane Haggard) 03:09
7  Valentine (Willie Nelson) 03:12
8  Solid As A Rock (Merle Haggard; Max Barnes) 03:12
9  Bye, Bye, Travelin’ Blues (Merle Haggard; Dean Holloway) 02:59
10  Troubador (Merle Haggard) 02:31
11  Ramblin’ Fever (Merle Haggard) 03:59

Musicians

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsOwen Hale
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarJoe Manuel
Acoustic GuitarLarry Byrom
DobroSonny Garrish
Steel GuitarSonny Garrish
PianoGary Smith
FiddleGlen Duncan
FiddleJoe Spivey
Background VocalsCurtis Wright
Background VocalsCurtis Young
VocalsMerle Haggard

Liner Notes

Producer – James Stroud
Coordinator – Doug Rich
Engineer – Lynn Peterzell
Engineer (Assistant) – Mark Hagen, Rodney Good, Steve Ledet
Engineer (Additional) – Julian King
Mixed By – Lynn Peterzell

Design – Neuman, Walker & Associates

Mastered At Mastermix
Mixed At Loud Recording
Recorded At Loud Recording
Recorded At Mesa Recording
Recorded At Eleven Eleven Studio
Phonographic Copyright Curb Records
Copyright Curb Records