Merle Travis

Unissued Radio Shows, 1944-1948

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This features 28 radio broadcast transcriptions from the mid- to late '40s of Merle at arguably the peak of his strengths. These loose, Cliffie Stone-produced broadcasts capture Merle at his most relaxed and musically imaginative. His version of "Cannonball Rag," which features a bridge not found on the better-known Capitol version, is absolutely mind-boggling in its effortless technique, while his coughing spurt in the middle of a duet with wife Tex Ann is loaded with simplistic charm. In between the solo guitar pieces are a great a cappella "Churchy Time," some of the early band hits like "Divorce Me C.O.D.," and the trial run (from The Grand Ole Opry) of "When My Baby Double-Talks to Me." Transfer quality varies wildly, but nothing sounds horrible, and the performances are worth every nick and pop. A marvelous collection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 1:38
3 1:46
4
1:38
5
feat: Tex Ann
2:03
6
0:56
7
1:39
8
feat: Tex Ann
1:43
9 2:18
10
3:17
11
2:51
12 2:17
13 2:52
14
feat: Eddie Cletro
2:46
15 1:20
16 1:44
17 0:59
18
1:30
19
feat: Sally Foster
1:31
20
2:20
21 1:51
22
feat: Eddie Kirk
2:31
23
2:21
24
2:43
25
2:09
26 2:06
27 1:51
28 2:26
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