Merle Haggard on his Tourbus with Guitar, 1977
© Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Merle Haggard on his Tourbus with Guitar, 1977

By Jim Marshall
About the image

"I don't remember why I was there, but Merle and I were on his bus listening to the first playback of the song "I'm Always on the Mountain When I Fall," which Merle recorded with Bonnie Owens. It's a beautiful song. Merle used one of these shots on his album called From Graceland to the Promised Land: My Tribute to Elvis Presley.

Now, that afternoon I was going to a concert that Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson were doing at Stanford, and Merle asked if he could come along. Later that night we arrived backstage, with Merle carrying his guitar without a case, were some security asshole wouldn't let Merle in because he didn't have a pass. Finally one of Willie's hands showed up to let Merle in and said to the security guy, "Hey, the man's FACE is his pass." Once we were backstage, Merle sat in with Kris and Willie and played backup. All three of those guys are real gentlemen." -- Jim Marshall 

Release Notes:

This is a signed original Lifetime Photograph by Jim Marshall.

Lifetime Photographs were typically:

  • Printed as 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" (sheet size), and were not designated as limited editions (with very few exceptions).

  • Produced as silver gelatin prints (black & white), or C-prints and pigment prints (color), and occasionally as platinum and dye-transfer prints.

  • Printed and signed by Jim Marshall between the mid-1990s and 2010. Older pieces are usually smaller and dry-mounted, and we classify those as "Vintage."

Collector's Notes:

  • These signed photographs come directly from Jim Marshall's estate archive, and are now extraordinarily rare and increasingly valuable.

  • Pieces will usually ship within a few days of purchase.

  • Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery of your artwork.

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Merle Haggard on his Tourbus with Guitar, 1977
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