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Merle Travis Guitar/Walkin the Strings... Plus *

  • 1. Blue Smoke
    2. Black Diamond Blues
    3. On a Bicycle Built for Two
    4. Saturday Night Shuffle
    5. Bugle Call Rag
    6. Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old 'Tucky Home
    7. Walkin' the Strings
    8. Memphis Blues, The
    9. Sheik of Araby, The
    10. Blue Bell
    11. Waltz You Saved for Me, The
    12. Rockabye Rag
    13. Walkin' the Strings
    14. Little David Play on Your Harp
    15. Saturday Night Shuffle
    16. Thumbing the Bass
    17. Cane Break Blues
    18. Darby's Ram
    19. Everly Rag
    20. Rose Time
    21. Old Aunt Dinah
    22. My Old Kentucky Home
    23. Pigmeat Stomp
    24. Blue Smoke
    25. Dry Bread
    26. Louisville Clog
    27. On a Bicycle Built for Two
    28. Green Bay Polka
    29. Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel
    30. Travis Trot
    31. Cannon Ball Stomp
    32. Fuller Blues
    33. Blue Bell
    34. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
    35. Turn My Picture Upside Down
    36. I'm Knee Deep in Trouble
    37. Too Fast Past, A
    38. Louisiana Boogie
    39. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 299

  • Credits

    Liner Note Authors: Cliffie Stone; Keith Glass.
    Arranger: Merle Travis.
    This nice set combines a pair of Merle Travis LPs, 1956's The Merle Travis Guitar and 1960's Walkin' the Strings, with a half-dozen or so bonus tracks and radio transcriptions, and it spotlights all the parts of Travis' impressive talent as a performer -- and Travis could pretty much do it all. The thumb- and index-finger guitar picking method he learned as a kid in Muhlenberg County, KY served him very well throughout his long career, and he developed into one of the most skilled and innovative guitar players on the country (or any other) scene, capable of making an acoustic or electric guitar sound like a complete swing orchestra, a style so his own that it has its own name ("Travis picking"). Travis also had a comfortable, warm voice, and considerable skills as a songwriter, making him a triple-threat performer, and he merged folk and country with jazz and swing textures into an easy, down-home populist tone. All of this is on display here. The only thing that makes this collection less than a perfect introduction to Travis is that it lacks versions of his most famous songs like "Dark as a Dungeon," "Sixteen Tons," and "Divorce Me C.O.D." But don't worry, there's plenty of great stuff here. ~ Steve Leggett

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