This Song Is for You

Freddy Powers at home in Briarcliff, 2008
Freddy Powers at home in Briarcliff, 2008 (Photo by Sandy Carson)

"I've been a behind-the-scenes kind of guy; songwriters don't get the attention," muses Powers. "I performed in Las Vegas and Reno and all over the country for years as an entertainer, and nobody really got to know me that good, but then I write one hit song, and everybody calls me a songwriter."

While Powers may have first taken on the mantle of songwriter reluctantly, his catalog of hit songs has proven him among the finest in country music. Here are some of Powers' most popular credits.

"A Bar in Bakersfield," recorded by Merle Haggard

"A Friend in California," recorded by Merle Haggard

"A Place to Fall Apart," recorded by Merle Haggard

"Filthy Rich," recorded by Big & Rich

"I Always Get Lucky With You," recorded by Merle Haggard/George Jones

"Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room," recorded by Merle Haggard

"Little Hotel Room," recorded by Ray Charles

"Natural High," recorded by Merle Haggard

"Nothing at All," recorded by the Wilburn Brothers

"Okie From Muskogee's Comin Home," recorded by Merle Haggard

"Ridin' High," recorded by Janie Fricke

"Shotgun and a Pistol," recorded by Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard

"Silver Eagle," recorded by Merle Haggard/George Jones

"Texas," recorded by Merle Haggard

"This Song Is for You," recorded by Merle Haggard

"You Don't Love Me Anymore," recorded by Merle Haggard

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Doug Freeman
Watch This: Highlights of the Original <i>Austin City Limits</i> Piano
Watch This: Highlights of the Original Austin City Limits Piano
The legendary ivories of the legendary show, played by legends

June 1, 2023

S.L. Houser’s Earnest “Wind in the Door” and Five More Songs From Austin Artists
S.L. Houser’s Earnest “Wind in the Door” and Five More Songs From Austin Artists
New music picks from Rod Gator, BLK ODYSSY, and Cloud Companion

June 2, 2023

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle