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Dear Kay,

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I happen to be married to a shapeshifter. By day, he’s a mild-mannered guy about town. By night: a storied singer of songs, a balladeer of topics economic and financial, the Man in Beige.

Merle Hazard has been in the studio, and today is the glorious world premiere, right here, of his brand-new song, “Time with You.”

Physics and love? Merle never fails to surprise.

His previous video is at this point a classic in the genre of extremely specific bluegrass, “(Gimme Some of That) Ol’ Atonal Music.” It completely rocked the atonal music community, the lovers and the haters. Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, called it the song of the year for 2019.

Merle’s world is a wondrous place. You can dive in right here.



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  • That was so delightful! Thanks for the introduction to Merle.

  • I always love hearing a new song by Merle. He’s the best!!

    • Just what I needed to start my day with a smile❤️he’s a keeper

  • What a wonderful gift, so glad Merle is back!

  • Strange, I was just recently wondering what Merle was up to.

  • What a great pair you are! Warp(ed) and (be)wefted. We absolutely love your humor!

  • What a hoot! So clever. Also, is he as kind as his eyes portray?

  • Awwww

  • What a lucky woman you are Ann Shayne!!

  • Oh Merle. Oh my goodness, laughter and tears. How beautifully sweet and brilliant. You tell me of string theory, I’m stringing my guitar. You’re at a conference, I’m singing in a bar … I’ll take the chorus, you’ll take the universe. Verklempt.

  • This is TERRIFIC!!! Thank you for sharing. He cracks me up every time and made a rainy Saturday fun.

    • My oh my a country hunk!

  • I am relatively new to MDK so this was my first encounter with Merle- Thanks for sharing-loved it!

  • The best love song ever!

  • Oh my goodness – just what I needed this morning! I love him!

  • String theory! Such a funny guy!

  • Who knew? Thanks for sharing!

  • Too precious!!

  • You and Jon rock my world in different and joyful ways! Thank you for making the world a better place. Wishing you all the things you wish for yourselves.

  • A labor of love in every sense! I never fail to be amazed at the fecundity of Merle.

  • Bravo!

  • A pleasure to see Merle again! And how did I miss the 2019 Song of the Year!?

  • Loved these!

  • The best!!!! I vote for Song of the Year. Nice to see a man sing so beautifully while acknowledging he married up…..What a great mix of both your worlds. Thank you.

  • So fun to see Merle again – and I’d missed the Atonal song of the year — with Alison Krauss no less. I’m sure she felt fortunate to be on stage with such a legend!


  • Excellent! I must have more

  • That was TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!

  • Thank You! That brought a tear to my eyes. Living with my husband who suffers from dementia I only get to spend time with him in bits and pieces but I am always thrilled when I catch a short glimpse of the man I married.

  • Thank you, that was so much fun!

  • I loved this! Even got an earworm 🙂 You two are so lucky to have each other.

  • Awesome!

  • I’m a huge Merle fan! A love song this time. What a treat!

    • I did not see a love song coming! Merle is full of surprises, and this one takes the prize for tenderness. At one point he told me “it’s about Ann,” and I wanted to say “no shit!” but one simply would not speak to Merle in that manner.

  • Loved this. Thanks so much for sharing it as I would never have found this on my own.

  • I love this so much!!!! Thank you for sharing with us!!!

  • As an old music major, Atonal Music made me laugh until I cried. I remember an atonal choral piece that nearly drove me insane. Thanks for introducing us to your brilliant other half. It made my week, and I’m now a Merle Hazzard groupie!!!

  • Oh my! Just too wonderful!

  • This is awesome! Humorous and sweet.

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