Jimmie Rodgers Saga
As told by Merle Haggard
Jimmie is the only entertainer ever to garnish the inductions into the Rock, Country, Grammy, Blues,
and Songwriter Halls of Fame. Add to these being awarded the W.C. Handy Blues Award and was the
first entertainer on a commemorative postage. A railroad man and a musician he was known as
THE SINGING BRAKEMAN and THE FATHER OF COUNTRY MUSIC.
Jimmie Rodgers's life is about trains, music and dreams...The documentary series on Jimmie Rodgers
has begun on this website and will take you on a train ride from 1897, when Jimmie was born and
through the past decade working with my partner and friend Merle Haggard, and through the 2016
Fall release of the documentary and all through 2017, as we ride the rails of this country and the
Intenet with The Jimmie Rodgers Saga: As told by Merle Haggard.
Benford Standley, Producer/Director
I have worked with the late great Merle Haggard for over a decade on the Jimmie Rodgers Saga. Jimmie and music history was the track our friendship was built and ran on...top of our conversation and get-er-done list was the Jimmie Rodgers Saga. I miss him.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Billy Joe Shaver
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard released
Django & Jimmie and we have the tour
A collaborative album that's dedicated to Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers. The song and album allows Nelson and Haggard to salute two major influences: Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the man known as "The Father of Country Music," Jimmie Rodgers. The chorus acknowledges their admiration for other key musical figures, including Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Earnest Tubb and Cash, but concludes that "there might not have been a Merle or a Willie, if not for Django and Jimmie." "It's a natural for me and Merle Nelson said. "He's a huge Jimmie Rodgers fan--so am I-- and Django is my all-time favorite guitar player.
“Jimmie Rodgers of course is one of the guiding lights of the 20th Century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have followed the path.
A blazing star whose sound was and remains the raw essence of individuality in a sea of conformity, par excellence with no equal”.