Tribute to Merle Travis
Unfortunately, there isn't an official Merle Travis web site. In that Merle is one of our finger style guitar club heroes and icons - we will dedicate a section of our club website to specifically honor the late great innovator of our sport of "thumb pickin". His son, Thom Bresh, is thinking about writing a little intro for us, here - and, if any of the rest of you have stories, pictures, or other information that would be pertinent to a tribute to this behemoth influence to thumb style guitar - please feel free to contact us at "Say Hello"...
Below is where you can find information and the music of Merle on the internet:
NNDB - tracking the world - "Son of a tobacco farmer-turned-coalminer, Merle Travis spent most of his childhood in the small town of Ebenezer, living amongst conditions of extreme poverty...."
Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia - "Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky."
IMDb - worlds biggest movie database - List of Merle's movies and credits.
Vestapol Videos - "Merle Travis" - Rare Performances - Video - purchase
Answers.com - Lot's of information about Merle - with books and CDs for sale
Eddie Pennington - some great pictures of Merle and other Western Kentucky buddies and mentors of Merle on the website of the finest living "Travis" style picker - Eddie Pennington.
Muhlenburg County "Home of the Legends" - information on Mose Rager, Ike Everly & Merle Travis
THESE ARE AWESOME VIDEOS OF MERLE!!!!!
YouTube.com - Incredible collection of Merle playing acoustic when he was young - put on my BreshDigital
YouTube.com - Chet and Thom Bresh pay tribute to Merle
YouTube.com - "Too Much Sugar" - video
YouTube.com - Merle jammin' with Carl Perkins & Jose Feliciano - video
YouTube.com - "Re-enlistment Blues" - video
YouTube.com - "Cannonball Rag" - video
YouTube.com - "Long Lost John From Bowlin' Green" - video
YouTube.com - "Wildwood Flower" - Merle with Joe Maphis & little Larry Collins - video
YouTube.com - "Petticoat Fever" - video