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CD: The Merle Travis Story – 24 Greatest Hits

The
Merle Travis Story
24
Greatest Hits
John
Henry 3:04
Start
Even 3:22
Smoke!
Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) 2:47
Lazy
River 2:00
So
Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed 2:09
Sweet
Temptation 2:27
Divorce
Me C.O.D. 2:12
I
Am a Pilgrim 2:41
Cincinnati
Lou 2:06
Dance
Of The Goldenrod (Instrumental) 1:46
Fat
Gal 3:03
Re-Enlistment
Blues 3:22
Nine
Pound Hammer 1:44
Kentucky
Means Paradise 3:12
Sixteen
Tons 2:55
Steel
Guitar Rag 2:08
Goodbye
My Bluebell (Instrumental) 1:58
I
Like My Chicken Fryin’ Size 2:40
When
My Baby Double Talks To Me 2:24
Dark
As a Dungeon 3:58
I’m
a Natural Born Gamblin’ Man 2:06
Bayou
Baby 2:15
I’ll
See You In My Dreams (Instrumental) 2:15
That’s
All 2:29
As
old timey as Hee Haw and as current as Luke Bryan, The Merle
Travis
Story cd is a definite add to any cd collection, mach
nichts

what your preferred musical genre is. If you look for the
roots of
country music’s story telling mantra you find them thoroughly
implanted throughout this 24 song cd. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!, co
written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams, was the only mega
hit Tex
Williams ever had. It “made” his career but his version is
one-upped by the spirited Merle Travis recording included
here. Merle Travis solo-wrote “Sixteen Tons” and had his own
radio hit
with this song back when country music was nicknamed the white
man’s
blues, played mostly in the southeastern American states. It
took
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s recording to bring this song into world
consciousness, and one of Roy Clark’s greatest accomplishments
on Hee
Haw was to have Ernie Ford sing “Sixteen Tons” while Merle
Travis
played dobro and Roy accompanied on guitar. We lost Ernie Ford
and
Merle Travis shortly thereafter. A web search for the lyrics
to
“When My Baby Double Talks To Me” uncovered several sites
desperately searching for the lyrics to the double and triple
talk
segments on this song. “When My Baby Double Talks To Me” is
deserving of three consecutive listens before you proceed to
the next
song. The Merle Travis Story 24 Greatest Hits is available at
www.amazon.com
Michael
Sikorsky for Country Music News International

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