Ever since viewing 2009’s ‘Crazy Heart’, I’ve been on a country music kick of sorts. It’s not the new country playing on my local radio stations that I’m into – it’s the old country classics: Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard.  The same sort of haunting, tortured tunes that Jeff Bridges strummed as Bad Blake are what I’m after. Watching PBS’s ‘American Masters – Merle Haggard‘ last night was even more of a push. While mostly sad and depressing, the songs seem real and honest – sometimes strikingly so. I listen to the lyrics and learn them almost instantly. On my trip to the library today I walked out with 3 Merle Haggard’s, 1 Hank Williams, and a Ray Price album.

You may want to check on me in the morning.