Haggard Recording Pop Standards

Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard is putting finishing touches on an album of pop standards, the country legend told country.com Wednesday (Nov. 15). “We’re pretty well finished with an album of that nature,” Haggard said. “’Unforgettable,’ ’As Time Goes By,’ ’Cry Me a River’ and ’Stardust’ are some of the tunes on there.” Haggard confirmed that Epitaph, the California-based independent label that issued his latest album, If I Could Only Fly, is talking to him about releasing the upcoming project. When asked if it would be similar to Willie Nelson’s classic Stardust album, Haggard replied, “I guess there is some similarity…but Willie singing the song and Merle singing the song is entirely different.”