Monday, February 1, 2016

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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