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Country music legends Merle Haggard and Conway Twitty were no stranger to each other’s existence, as they both were prominent talents of the country music genre throughout their rise to success. However, while Haggard resembled more of the widely appreciated “outlaw” sound, Twitty incorporated more “rock and roll” based elements into his hits.
Although both established in country music, these slight differences made for a distinct sound between the two artists. It was Haggard’s 1968 hit song “Mama Tried” that enticed Twitty to attempt the song’s highly set expectation and give a slight twist with his rock and roll influenced vocals.
While Haggard’s song is most commonly known as his musical piece of work, Twitty’s rendition continues to astound fans of both these country music originals.
The tune tells a profound story of a young boy who continues his rebellious acts despite his mother’s attempts to set him on a more appropriate life path. The boy ultimately disregards his mother’s concern and unfortunately strays down the road to criminal activity, landing him celebrating his 21st birthday in prison without the chance of parole.
These two legends give incredible performances that prominently enhance the elements that make them so different.
You can listen to Twitty’s take on of Haggards hit below! You won’t be disappointed!