Keith Urban receives Merle Haggards family blessing

Singer Keith Urban has sampled the late Merle Haggards hit 'Mama Tired' in his new song, and has said he is so grateful to Merle's wife and son for approving of this.

Haggard earns a songwriting credit on Urban's new song, which is a duet with pop star Julia Michaels. Urban has come up with a very progressive-sounding track even by his own recent standards, but he keeps it anchored in country music's tradition by employing the opening guitar riff to Haggard's "Mama Tried" in the music, which otherwise consists of an up-tempo pop-country confection that will once again push the boundaries of country radio.

The single from Urban's upcoming Graffiti U album began from Haggard's original, Urban explains in a press release. In addition to Urban and Haggard, J.R. Rotem, Michaels and Nicolle Galyon all receive writing credits on the song, which Rotem and Urban co-produced.

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