What happens when a barefoot, breathy folk princess teams up with the original “Okie From Muskogee?” We’ll find out when the results of Jewel’s studio session with country legend Merle Haggard surface.
According to a spokesperson for Haggard, Jewel recorded two duets with the 60-year-old singer-songwriter (who’s perhaps best known for his 1969 anti-hippie anthem “Okie”) last Thursday in his Northern California studio.
The Jewel-enhanced new versions of Haggard’s classic tracks “Silver Wings” and “That’s the Way Love Goes” will appear on “Merle Haggard: For the Record,” a two-CD, 43-song collection from the man who was as well known for his law-breaking, booze-guzzling exploits as he was for his C&W hits.
For the most part, the collection will feature Haggard’s re-recordings of his own previously released songs. Other guests on the project will include Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, and Alabama, a band that’s enjoying a crossover hit of its own thanks to a collaboration with
’N Sync (see “’N Sync Expands Horizons With Alabama, Gloria Estefan” ).
“For the Record” will be released on the new RCA-distributed label TBA Records, and it’s scheduled to hit stores on August 24. A pay-per-view special of the same name will be broadcast live from Las Vegas sometime in October.