MERLE HAGGARD NIGHT AT JAVA JAM, FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 6 PM, MILAM STREET COFFEE, WHARTON
Mickey Reynolds, a member of The Java Jam Band, brought up the idea of featuring the music of one of everybody’s favorite singer/songwriters, Merle Haggard, and his legendary story of epic proportions. Merle was in San Quentin Prison in 1968 performing for a captive audience where he made quite an impression on inmates with his guitar pickin’ and vocal skills. “Not bad,” inmates often said, “for an armed burglar.” That same year Johnny Cash wrote a song titled “Folsom Prison Blues” and got permission to record an album live at some California prison. Merle was in the audience as an inmate. Inmates and even the warden agreed that Merle was as good as Cash, ought to give up robbery, move to Nashville and get in the music business.
As preposterous as it sounds that’s exactly what Haggard did, turned his life around and won award after award for hit songs written about his colorful life. He went from the “Big House” to the “White House,” perhaps the most successful graduate of any correctional institution in America. Johnny Cash even became a supporter and mentor, along with legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble.
Mickey will perform the songs, and tell the stories that go along with them, that will give you some interesting insight into how they came to be, backed by the Java Jam Band. The first set at 6 pm will consist of famous tunes like Mama Tried, Branded Man, Swingin’ Doors, Are the Good Times Over, Workin’ Man Blues, Today I Started Lovin’ You Again, Silver Wings, Fightin’ Side of Me, Oakie From Muskogee, Big City, I Had a Beautiful Time, If We Make it Through December, and as many others as time will permit.
The always delicious covered dish supper will be at 7 pm and the second set from 8 to 9 pm will be vintage Java Jam tunes ranging from Country to Bluegrass to Breakdowns with undertones of Jazz and Texas Swing.
So come on out and celebrate the life of the “Hag.” Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge and enjoy Wharton’s most unique dining/live music venue. For other details and directions see www.milamstcoffee.comUpcoming Event
Thursday, Feb. 1st -- Local Candidate Forum, Wharton Civic Center, 6 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 7th -- Coffee with your Cops - 7:30 am to 9 am, Milam Street Coffee Shop
Thursday, Feb. 8th -- Local Candidate Forum, Mikeskas on Hwy 59, 6 pm
Monday, Feb. 12th through Saturday, Feb. 17th - Milam Street Coffee Shop CLOSED for Renovations
Friday, Feb. 23rd - Java Jam, Milam Street Coffee Shop, 6 pm