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Merle Travis in Boston 1959

  • 1. Nine Pound Hammer
    2. Welcoming Remarks
    3. Goodbye My Bluebelle
    4. Dark as a Dungeon
    5. John Henry
    6. Reminiscences About From Here to Eternity
    7. Reenlistment Blues
    8. I'll See You in My Dreams
    9. Sixteen Tons Intro
    10. Sixteen Tons
    11. Saturday Night Shuffle
    12. Remarks About Kids' Songs
    13. Muskrat
    14. That's All
    15. Lost John
    16. Comic Rap
    17. Cannonball Rag
    18. Memphis Blues
    19. Remarks About Hollywood, Trains, Eating
    20. Hominy Grits
    21. Liza Jane
    22. I Am a Pilgrim
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 610 451

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Seeger

    Recorded live at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachussets on November 21, 1959.
    This warm live recording from 1959 finds Merle Travis all alone on his acoustic six-string, the perfect accompaniment to his robust voice. Splitting time between instrumentals and vocal numbers like "Dark as a Dungeon," "John Henry," and the ubiquitous "Sixteen Tons," Travis' singing and legendary picking are pristinely recorded, alternating between being darkly chilling and joyously grinning. It may seem like a foot race to have 22 tracks in 43 minutes, but nearly every tune is introduced by Travis with a quick story or humorous anecdote, so the 16 actual songs are each given ample time. Blurring the line between country and folk, Travis was never in better form, and his songs are as timeless in the 21st century as they were when they were written. ~ Zac Johnson

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Part country, part folk, with a nice line in self-deprecating spoken intros and astonishingly good sound quality..."
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