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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… read more

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  • How is 33 thousand listeners criminal neglect?
  • Merle is great! Stop by for a free download! :) http://www.last.fm/music/Buck+T.+Edwards
  • Only 33 thousand listeners? Criminal neglect.
  • you're getting nothing out of country in today's country, this is where you will get everything
  • 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]
  • Agree with everyone here about how the true country music was made by guys like Merle Travis, Roy Acuff etc. Modern country truly sucks!
  • fun on the frets
  • 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.
  • People claimin' they don't like country have never heard the REAL stuff. Love Merle Travis.
  • superb

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