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A Friend in California (album)

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Released  1986
Artist  Merle Haggard
Producer  Merle Haggard
Genre  Country music
Length  28:44
Release date  1986
Label  Epic Records
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A friend in california merle haggard

A Friend in California is an album by American recording artist Merle Haggard, released in 1986.


Merle haggard a friend in california

Recording and composition

Haggard produced the album with Ron "Snake" Reynolds. Most of the songs were written by Haggard and Freddy Powers, who had become one of Haggard's favorite writers during this period. A Friend in California boasts a re-energized-sounding Haggard performing several up-tempo numbers like "This Song is for You," "Silverthorn Mountain," and "I Had a Beautiful Time." He also plays off his own legend with "The Okie from Muskogee's Comin' Home" and the autobiographical "Mama's Prayer" which pays tribute to his late mother. Other noteworthy tracks is his bluesy take on the Floyd Tillman classic "This Cold War with You" and the obligatory western swing paean "Texas."

Critical reception

Music critic Robert Christgau wrote "Just when I decide he's gonna lay back forever he ambles into this. No Nippophobia, minimal love pap, a touch of Mexico, and lots of swing—except for one Freddy Powers pledge it keeps going till the obligatory sentimentality of the last two cuts."

Track listing

  1. "A Friend in California" (Freddy Powers) – 3:18
  2. "This Time I Really Do" (Powers) – 3:00
  3. "This Cold War with You" (Floyd Tillman) – 1:52
  4. "I Had a Beautiful Time" (Haggard) – 3:01
  5. "Texas" (Haggard, Powers) – 3:01
  6. "The Okie from Muskogee's Comin' Home" (Haggard, Powers) – 2:23
  7. "Mama's Prayer" (Haggard) – 2:50
  8. "Silverthorn Mountain" (Haggard) – 2:01
  9. "This Song is for You" (Powers, Mary Lou Powers) – 3:32
  10. "Thank You For Keeping Our House" (Haggard, Debbie Parret) – 3:18


  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Roy Nichols – guitar
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • Jimmy Belken – fiddle
  • Clint Strong – guitar
  • Mark Yeary – keyboards
  • Norman Hamlet – steel guitar, dobro
  • Don Markham – trumpet, saxophone
  • Gary Church – trombone, trumpet
  • Dennis Hromek – bass
  • Donna Faye – background vocals
  • Freddy Powers – background vocals
  • Songs

    1A Friend in California3:21
    2This Time I Really Do3:03
    3This Cold War With You3:04


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