By: Bill Milkowski
A native of Rosewood, Kentucky, masterful guitarits Merle Travis invented a syncopated fingerstyle approach to playing that was later adapted by guitarist Chet Atkins. Born on November 29, 1917, Travis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977. He died on October 20, 1983 at age 65.
This playlist captures the great guitarist at the peak of his powers in intimate solo performances at the fabled Ash Grove nightclub in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1966.