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 life and exploitation of coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons", "Re-Enlistment Blues" and "Dark as a Dungeon". However, it is his masterly guitar playing and his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky for which he is best known today. "Travis picking", a syncopated style of finger 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1947 Folk Songs of the Hills Merle Travis 2
1979 Country Guitar Giants Merle Travis & Joe Maphis 1
1999 Folk Songs of the Hills / Back Home / Songs of the Coal Mines Merle Travis 1
2008 The Atkins-Travis Traveling Show / Reflections Chet Atkins, Merle Travis & Doc Watson 1
Country Guitar Thunder Merle Travis & Joe Maphis 1
Country Music's Two Guitar Greats Merle Travis & Joe Maphis 1
The Atkins-Travis Traveling Show Chet Atkins & Merle Travis 1
Walkin' the Strings Merle Travis 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Guitar Player Merle Travis 1
2002 Sixteen Tons Merle Travis 1
Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Volume 1 Merle Travis 1
Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Volume 2 Merle Travis 1
Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Volume 3 Merle Travis 1
Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Volume 4 Merle Travis 1
Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Volume 5 Merle Travis 1
The Best of Merle Travis Merle Travis 1
The Best of Merle Travis 1946-1953 Merle Travis 1
The Merle Travis Story: 24 Greatest Hits Merle Travis 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1946 Divorce Me C.O.D. / Missouri Merle Travis 1
1947 Steel Guitar Rag / Three Times Seven Merle Travis 1
1952 I Am a Pilgrim / Nine Pound Hammer Merle Travis 1

Broadcast + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Unreleased Radio Transcriptions 1944-1949 Merle Travis 1

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