Merle Haggard – “Ramblin’ Fever”

A few months ago my dad and I went to see Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson in Milwaukee. Their catalogs and showmanship still holds up after all these years. A highlight amongst many that night was Haggard’s “Ramblin’ Fever.”

This weekend the Republic of Texas Biker Rally invaded Austin. The streets are filled with motorcycles and you can hear exploding exhaust pipes all through the night. Many locals feel the same way they do about ROT as they do SXSW.

I ducked into the tiniest of bars well away from downtown for a mid-day beer and found myself elbow to elbow with several bikers. They eventually got up to shoot pool and that’s when a surprising thing happened. One of them shot the cue ball off the table. The bartender shouts out “dollar in the jukebox.” No complaints from this crew, rules are rules. The surliest of bikers saunters over to the jukebox plugs in his penance and plays “Ramblin’ Man.”

Just about perfect.