New Albums Due From Haggard, Keen

Two country music road warriors will release new albums this fall. First, Merle Haggard offers Haggard Like Never Before on his own Hag Records on Sept. 30. Featuring the political single “That’s the News,” the album contains nine new Haggard compositions and two cover songs. Haggard and Willie Nelson team up for “Reno Blues (Philadelphia Lawyer),” an update of a Woody Guthrie classic. Haggard’s CD will be distributed and marketed by Compendia Music Group. … On Oct. 7, Texas favorite Robert Earl Keen releases Farm Fresh Onions on Koch/Audium. In addition to 11 new originals, the project features James McMurtry’s “Out Here in the Middle” with guest vocals by Shawn Colvin. Ian McLagan, a keyboardist who has worked with the Faces and the Rolling Stones, appears on several tracks. 08/04/03