Nov 21, · Merle Haggard vs. The State of Oklahoma. An “okie” from Muskogee is a contradiction, typical of satire. The narrator of the song would only truly be an “okie” if and when they escaped The Dust Bowl during The Great Depression. They wouldn’t even need to be from Oklahoma to be branded an “okie” upon arrival.
Merle Haggard. Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, – April 6, ) was an American country and Western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with.
Hag was without a doubt the biggest star in country music but the remarkable thing about his reign at the top was that he never played it safe. During this eight-year span, he recorded few songs as iconic as "Strangers," "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down" or "Mama Tried," but a notable exception was "Okie from Muskogee" and its ornery.