Thursday, April 19, 2018

Merle Travis' 100th Birthday Celebration

April 19, 2018
Music City/Guitar Town USA (Nashville, TN)

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

Merle Travis was, a guitar player that influenced Chet Atkins and many others, a songwriter of classics such as “16 Tons” and “Dark as a Dungeon”, an actor (Sal Anderson in “From Here to Eternity”) and 15 other movies, and elder statesman of the country music industry in his later years, had his life celebrated at Nashville City Winery by some of the worlds great guitar players.

The show was presented by the Grammy Museum, Bigsby, and WMOT Roots Radio and emceed by Scott Goldman of the Grammy Museum. It featured guitarists Steve Wariner CGP, John Knowles CGP, Pat Bergeson, Thom Bresh, Doyle Dykes, Parker Hastings, Rory Hoffman, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, John Jorgenson, Laurence Juber, Andy McKee, Jack Pearson, and Eddie Pennington. Harry Stinson (Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives) and Beth Hooker also sat in. In a town known for great guitarists this show was a “must attend” event. Evidenced by the smiles not just of the audience but especially those of the performers it was a huge success. Merle was surely smiling down from heaven along with the rest of us. Along with the photos there are several links to videos of Merle.

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