Okie from muskogee is the first live album by merle haggard and the strangers released in october 1969 on capitol records. According to the okie from muskogee songfacts haggard and his band started writing this when their tour bus passed through muskogee oklahoma it started out as a joke making fun of small town rural folks. This episode looks at what merle haggard did when it happened to him in 1969 with okie from muskogee the song was just what so many americans needed at the time conservatives needed someone to stand up and defend small town traditional values. 5 things to know about merle haggard about okie from muskogee merle haggards famous look at reactionary attitudes towards the 1960s counterculture
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