Chet Atkins named his daughter Merle Atkins.  That gives you some indication of the pioneering guitar talents of Merle Travis.  "Mister Guitar" himself  held Merle in the highest regard and Travis' influence is evident in Chet Atkins' playing.  Merle Travis was known for his syncopated style of guitar playing which became known later as "Travis Picking." This monument in Ebenezer Cemetery in Beech Creek, Kentucky is not an actual grave.  Merle Travis died of a heart attack and was cremated. His ashes were scattered nearby.  And although Tennessee Ernie Ford is associated with "Sixteen Tons" it is Travis' song and seen in the above video, no one does it better.




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