Sixteen Tons: The Merle Travis Story (BMG Books, 480 pages) is the story of Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Travis, a brilliant, multi-talented, and deeply troubled artist who is widely considered a genius. A world-class guitarist who dazzled audiences with his Kentucky thumb-picking style, Merle was also a pioneering country songwriter who wrote such classics as “Dark as a Dungeon” and “Sixteen Tons.” Additionally, he was responsible for early electric guitar innovations in the 1940s, and was a gifted actor, writer, and cartoonist, among many other talents. Now coming in November 2022 (sorry! supply chain issues)… Pre-order now!!
|August 13, 2022||Wichita-Sedgwick Historical Museum Guitar Lecture and Presentation||Wichita, KS|
|August 16, 2022||Cooper’s Landing||Columbia, MO|
|August 17, 2022||Private Event||Des Moines, IA|
|August 20, 2022||RippleSippi Music Festival||Aitken, MN||with the Tinglers|
|August 21, 2022||Sand Creek Brewery||Black River Falls, WI||with the Tinglers|
|August 22, 2022||Private Event||Minneapolis, MN||with the Tinglers|
|August 24, 2022||The West Theater||Duluth, MN||with the Tinglers|
|August 25, 2022||Lakewoods Resort||Cable, WI||with the Tinglers|
|August 27, 2022||Hot Wheels Weekend||Marysville, MI||with the Tinglers|
|August 28, 2022||Tip Top Deluxe||Grand Rapids, MI||with the Tinglers|
|September 1, 2022||Fitzgerald’s||Berwyn, IL||with Joel Paterson, special two-man show!|
|September 2, 2022||“Twang Thang Jamboree,” The Main--An Event Space||La Crosse, WI||with the Tinglers--with Tony Andreason, Greg Koch, and much more!|
|September 4-5, 2022||Minnesota State Fair||St. Paul, MN||with the Tinglers|
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After doing a bunch of recording sessions the last six months, I realized I hadn’t properly serviced my 1939 Kay upright bass or my late-1950s Gretsch drum kit in more than 35 years.
Day two in Floyd County—Aunt Betty, Evelyn and I drove over to where my mom grew up in Willis, Virginia. Her family had a sixty-acre spread that originally had a big farmhouse with lots of outbuildings.
Here are my thoughts on this ambitious, expensive-looking movie.
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