Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggard has never made a bluegrass album in his more than 40 years of recording. Until now. For the first time in 80-some records, "The Bluegrass Sessions" puts Hag, as he is affectionately known, inside a circle of ace Nashville pickers.
Country Hall of Famer Merle Haggard's four-decade career veers into a new direction of American music with the release of "The Bluegrass Sessions," due Oct. 2 through Del McCoury's McCoury Music label.
Modest Mouse scores the first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 of its career this week as "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" debuts on top. The Epic set moved 129,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than double the group's previous best sales week. Modest Mouse's last album, 2004's "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," debuted at No. 19 with 68,000.