Merle Haggard Signs With Epitaph

Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard has signed a one-album deal with California-based indie label Epitaph Records, reports SonicNet. Haggard is currently working on the album, with no title or release date yet assigned to the project. Primarily known for releasing punk albums by acts such as Rancid, Offspring, Bad Religion, Joe Strummer and the Descendents, Epitaph released Tom Waits’ latest album, the rootsy Mule Variations, which won a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Folk Album.