Merle, Burials, and Boxer Briefs

The Can You Hear Me? crew finally addresses the loss of the late great Merle Haggard on this week’s episode.  They’ve been talking to one another off air about how much Merle meant to them in their personal musical pantheons, but they finally bring it out to the public.

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Merle Before the Beard Was One Cool Looking Dude

But, as you know by now, they can’t stay on topic and in short order, Gustav yanks the wheel hard to the right and they go careening into the bar ditch for their normal bumpy ride.  The first thing to derail Gustav is the professional connection between Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood in the late seventies/early eighties.  Instantly, it’s no longer about Merle Haggard, but instead turns into: an dust up over spaghetti westerns, harsh opinions about Sandra Locke (Clint’s girlfriend during that era), and the iconic status of Johnny Cash, both in his heyday and in the final years of his life.

The day before this episode was recorded, Heavy and Gustav had gone back to their hometown which is somewhere in the 903 area code.    They attended a funeral for a long time family friend who had been in bad health for many years.  As they stood at the graveside on a hot June afternoon, they both were contemplating the phenomena of the rural funeral.   A heated discussion ensues which devolves into doctrinal differences between Methodists and Baptists, Gustav’s tale of dueling preachers at his great-grandmothers funeral and the wonderful book Salvation on Sand Mountain, which details a snake handling congregation in Appalachia.

After such serious topics as funerals and theology, the guys lighten up with some banter about our fathers with smart phones, Heavy’s new underwear and Gustav and Ty stockpiling socks. The guys also give a big shout out to their fellow podcasters at Partial Recall who fondly look back at the nineties and aughts.   Take a moment to check them out.