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Merle Travis

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Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the exploitation of coal miners. Some of the songs he wrote or performed include: “Sixteen Tons”, “Dark as a Dungeon”, “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed”, and “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette”; however, it is his masterful guitar playing that he is best known for today. “Travis picking”, a style of guitar picking, is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

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  • crimsonmaestro

    How is 33 thousand listeners criminal neglect?

    8 May 5:01pm Reply
  • wowspeak

    Merle is great! Stop by for a free download! :) http://www.last.fm/music/Buck+T.+Edwards

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Only 33 thousand listeners? Criminal neglect.

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ZachKinsler

    you're getting nothing out of country in today's country, this is where you will get everything

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • insideabox

    I've never liked country in music. But that was just because I was always listening to the modern stuff. This kicks the ass of any modern country artist. [2]

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • smithee1407

    Agree with everyone here about how the true country music was made by guys like Merle Travis, Roy Acuff etc. Modern country truly sucks!

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • paulvanwaaijenb

    fun on the frets

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Cerviche

    I've never liked country in music. But that was just because I was always listening to the modern stuff. This kicks the ass of any modern country artist.

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • haharleyquinn

    People claimin' they don't like country have never heard the REAL stuff. Love Merle Travis.

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • STEWARTHW

    superb

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • slatedump

    Slate Dump would not exist without Merle Travis' influence.

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • lappado

    Merle, you started it all. For that I thank you.

    19 Mar 2008 Reply
  • jeremyshantz

    Merle! Not so long ago when the bullets screamed, Many was the happy dream I dreamed Of a little nest where I could rest when the world was free. Now the mighty war over there is won, Troubles and trials have just begun As I face that terrible enemy sign, No Vacancy.

    4 Mar 2008 Reply

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