This was a little project that I took on mainly out of an admiration for one of Country Music’s greatest entertainers, Merle Haggard. We lost Merle this past year, and it was a huge blow for music in general. He not only was one of the greatest country music performers of all time, but accumulated an incredible volume of work as a songwriter. Probably the most prolific in the history of music! I am a little bias! : ) One of my all-time favorite songs written and recorded by this legend was “Rainbow Stew” back in 1981. I’ve always loved the message behind the song and I hope Merle is enjoying some of that Rainbow stew right now!
This little piece is roughly 8″ tall x 6″wide x 6″ deep, in addition to the mount on a saw cut block of cypress wood. Felt it most appropriate for Merle’s humble beginnings along with the humility that demonstrated throughout his life. You could always hear it in his songs.
I created the piece out of clay as a dry ceramic and painted it to reflect a bronze colored finish. Merle performed up to the last days of life, and this portrait image reflects the later stages of his career. The piece was also posted on the Merle Haggard fan page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/350979521655594/) and received a number of compliments from interested lookers. The piece is still available for sale and can be shipped directly to you. I do have one individual that has expressed a more serious interest in the piece that is a close friend of the Haggard family. He is working in an effort to have the piece on exhibit at the Merle Haggard childhood home (Boxcar) in the Kern County Museum located in Bakersfield, CA. https://kernpioneer.org/exhibits/
If the piece does not sale, it will be available in a couple of months. I will keep you posted. R.I.P. Merle!