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Merle Travis

American country/Western singer-songwriter and musician

Merle Travis

American country/Western singer-songwriter and musician
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birthday
29th
November, 1917
Death
20th
October, 1983
Birth Place
Rosewood, Kentucky, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky, United States. His songs’ lyrics often discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are “Sixteen Tons,” “Re-Enlistment Blues,” “I am a Pilgrim,” and “Dark as a Dungeon.” However, it is his unique guitar style, still called Travis Picking by guitarists, as well as his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, for which he is best known today. “Travis Picking” is a syncopated style of guitar fingerpicking rooted in ragtime music in which alternating chords and bass notes are plucked by the thumb while melodies are simultaneously plucked by the index finger. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

instruments played
Guitar
Birth Name

Merle Robert Travis

Genres

Country, Western swing, blues, folk, gospel, Americana

Labels

King, Capitol, CMH

Years Active

1936 1983

Name

Merle Travis

Nationality

United States of America

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