Ramblin Fever is:
Ron Stone - Lead Singer, Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Blom - Lead Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals
Jim Beets - Bass Guitar, Vocals
John Joiner - Drums & Vocals
Clint Stevenson - Steel Guitar
Ramblin' Fever is the 25th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1977. It was his first on the MCA label after recording for Capitol Records since 1965. It reached Number 5 on the Country album chart. Ramblin' Fever was reissued on CD in 2002.
Haggard had enjoyed an immensely successful artistic and commercial run with Capitol and producer Ken Nelson, accumulating twenty-four #1 country singles since 1966. According to music journalist Daniel Cooper's essay for the 1994 Haggard retrospective Down Every Road, there was no animosity or disillusionment with the Capitol brass, and the change was made simply because MCA had made a better offer. In his 2013 Haggard biography The Running Kind, David Cantwell notes that by the latter half of the 1970s the singer had placed forty-three singles on Billboard's country charts, had won the Country Music Association's top prize, "Entertainer of the Year," had been pardoned by California governor Ronald Reagan, had performed for President Richard Nixon, and had made the cover of Time magazine, and in response, "He ran. As the Seventies wound to an end, he was more restless than usual.... He even moved to Nashville for a while, and in 1978, divorced Bonnie Owens and married Leona Williams. Then, in 1979, he announced he was quitting music entirely." Haggard's tenure with MCA would be far shorter than his stay at Capitol; he would sign with Epic Records in 1981.