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A new title for country music legend Merle Haggard

by Alice Daniel, California Report | Take Two

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Merle Haggard performs during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller

After visiting soul music with Myron Glasper, Take Two moves to country.

Merle Haggard has been called one the most influential singer songwriters in country music history. But he's never been called Doctor, at least until now. Cal State Bakersfield recently awarded him its first honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, recognizing his contribution to the "Bakersfield Sound."

The California Report's Alice Daniel shares his story and that of another honoree, Buck Owens, also an architect of the raw music style. 

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