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Featured Song – Kentucky Gambler by Merle Haggard
It cold here tonight in Windsor Missouri, and just as cold in the coal mines of Kentucky. Before Dwight Yoakum sang about his days in Kentucky, Merle Haggard sang “Kentucky Gambler.” Merle said once in an interview that he could rough out a song in five minutes and practice the song that night in a club somewhere. Later Merle Haggard said that Tommy Collins, aka Leonard Sipes, help teach him how to write a country song.
With “Kentucky Gambler” your mind paints a picture as the song tells the story. That’s the way it was is much of Merle Haggard’s music. So on a cold night in Missouri we feature “Kentucky Gambler” by Merle Haggard, as he tells a simple story about the cold hard facts of life, when not knowing when to quit takes all the fun out of Reno.
As a bonus this is Dolly Parton’s version: