You can — and should! — spend the rest of the week exploring Haggard's magnificent body of work. The team of non-Bob Dylans running Dylan's Facebook account added some more required media — a video of Haggard and Willie Nelson recording Dylan's 1963 classic "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
A warm, mid-tempo country shuffle featuring two iconic, weathered voices, the song was included on Haggard and Nelson's 2015 duets album, Django & Jimmie. Watch the two greats getting down in the lab:
In recent years, the Hag and Dylan got into a weird beef — it seems Dylan felt slighted by Merle in the '60s — but Dylan squashed it via his website:
"I wasn’t dissing Merle, not the Merle I know. What I was talking about happened a long time ago, maybe in the late ’60s. Merle had that song out called ‘Fighting Side of Me’ and I’d seen an interview with him where he was going on about hippies and Dylan and the counterculture, and it kind of stuck in my mind and hurt, lumping me in with everything he didn’t like. But of course times have changed and he’s changed too … He’s a complete man and we’re friends these days. We have a lot in common."
Check out the complete album version of Haggard and Nelson's take on "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" below:
Bob Dylan I've admired your songs since 1964. "Don't Think Twice" Bob, Willie and I just recorded it on our new album.— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) February 7, 2015