Merle Haggard, George Jones to Record an Album Together

Merle Haggard and George Jones will record an album together this summer. Scheduled for an October release, Kicking Out the Footlights … Again will feature Haggard singing five of his favorite Jones songs (such as “She Thinks I Still Care”), and Jones will offer covers of five of his favorite Haggard songs (including “Silver Wings”). They also plan to record several duets for the project that will be produced by Keith Stegall, best known for his work with Alan Jackson. “The last time we recorded together was 25 years ago, and though we’ve both changed a lot over the years, our love for real country music and respect for each other has only gotten stronger,” Jones said. They released the album, Yesterday’s Wine, in 1982. The title track (written by Willie Nelson) reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart.