Willie Nelson, Bob Wolf and Merle Haggard; Merle and Bob probably not cool now
The Hagg filed suit last week against Green Train, a local organization determined to hop aboard a real train and tour the country whistle stop-style, preaching green livin.
Unfortunately, the Train and its founder, former restauranteur Bob Wolf, never really had an agreement to drop Merle's name, which he did liberally in an interview with PITW back in late September. The organization's website even listed Merle as a co-owner.
At about that time, Wolf had fired an employee named Susan Hunter
, who happened to be Wiccan, when she created a MySpace page for the group. She listed as friends a number of her earth-loving Wiccan, who posted messages on the site. Wolf allegedly became incensed, Hunter says, when he saw the Wicca-inspired tidings of peace and canned her promptly.
Hunter mentioned to PITW at the time that she thought Wolf might be using donations for his own personal purposes. "I may make an anonymous call to the IRS," she fumed at the time. "There's some irregularities."
That's pretty much what Merle's suit alleges in Davidson County Chancery Court. It also says Haggard's signature was forged on Green Train letters to Amy Grant, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Jewel. A look at the organization's website
today yielded no trace of the pictures of Wolf and Merle PITW saw more than three months ago, and Merle is no longer listed as a contributing celebrity.