Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Merle Haggard – Aptos, CA (07/24/99)

Merle Haggard
Aptos Village Park – Fat Fry
Aptos, CA

Download: FLAC/MP3


silver wings
workin’ man blues
big city
twinkle lucky star
twinkle lucky star (reprise)
I think I’ll just stay here and drink
rainbow stew
ramblin’ fever
old fashioned love
bottle let me down
the way love goes
make-up and faded blue jeans
milk cow blues
mama tried
swingin’ doors
kern river
california blues
misery & gin
honky tonk night time man
okie from muskogee (false start)
okie from muskogee
“I’ve got to go empty a kidney” merle haggard

2 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Merle Haggard – Aptos, CA (07/24/99)

  1. Nice to see Merle make an appearance, ‘Workin’ Man Blues’ an all. Now there’s an inspiration for a song Bob!
    Been some really nice Merle posts on G101 in relatively recent times.

  2. There was a tragic occurrence at this concert (see below), and, trooper that he was, Merle carried on afterward, although more somber than before. All of us were quite shaken.

    From the Aptos Museum retelling of the event:
    On July 24, 1999, Aptos was lucky to have hosted legendary outlaw country musician Merle Haggard at the KPIG Fat Fry Music Festival in Aptos Park. Over the span of his career, Haggard had 37 number one hits on US country charts, won multiple awards including 4 Grammy awards, and was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. However, his life was often plagued with difficult situations and tragedy, which is why the next part of this story should come as no surprise.
    Michael Bateman, a 46 year old transient who was known to hang out along the cliff just outside Aptos Park, fell approximately 45 feet from the railroad trestle to his death into Aptos Creek. The incident occurred in the middle of Haggard’s set and led to a brief interruption of his performance so that paramedics could obtain the victim’s blood pressure (a process that requires a certain amount of silence). Unfortunately, the fall was too much and Bateman was pronounced dead at the scene. Haggard eventually got the “okay” to continue his set but the crowd was fully aware of what just happened and the vibe for the rest of the show was very somber.
    Thanks for all the music, Merle–

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