Beloved of Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, "Mama Tried" is the story of Haggard's checkered early life. Newly re-pardoned by California's governor and feted at the Kennedy Center, Haggard, 73, reflects on meeting Richard Nixon at the White House:
The intelligence of Nixon was impressive. He was able to carry on a conversation with me and introduce me to about three other dignitaries and their wives, and tell me what their kids' names were. He knew all that. And at the same time, tell me a story about how he was in college when I was in prison, and host the whole evening with all these pots on fire.