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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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  • Avatar for crimsonmaestro
    How is 33 thousand listeners criminal neglect?
  • Avatar for wowspeak
    Merle is great! Stop by for a free download! :) http://www.last.fm/music/Buck+T.+Edwards
  • Avatar for IamFlood
    Only 33 thousand listeners? Criminal neglect.
  • Avatar for ZachKinsler
    you're getting nothing out of country in today's country, this is where you will get everything
  • Avatar for 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]
  • Avatar for 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!
  • Avatar for paulvanwaaijenb
    fun on the frets
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for haharleyquinn
    People claimin' they don't like country have never heard the REAL stuff. Love Merle Travis.
  • Avatar for STEWARTHW
    superb

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