Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country and Western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.
AllMusic Review by Matt Fink
Eleven Winners features some of Merle Haggard's most substantial pop-oriented country balladry collected from 1972 to 1978. "It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)" and "If We Make it Through December," rank with some of Haggard's strongest country-pop hits. Most of the featured tracks are Grade A material, though at eleven tracks, the collection remains a bit brief as an overview of Haggard's body of work from that period.