Merle Travis on Chet...

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Merle Travis on Chet...

Postby Norm » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:20 am

In the pamphlet that accompanied the DVD “Legends Of Country Guitar” there is an interesting (and eloquent) quote from Merle Travis I thought was good enough to copy and share.

In speaking about Chet Atkins, Merle Travis once told journalist Mark Humphrey, “I don’t ever think there will ever be a chance for any other guitar player to be as great as Chet. He was born at a time when turn-of-the-century music, the songs of the 1920’s and the big bands were still around and not laughed at. He knows it all, from that music to commercial music to what was recorded this afternoon in Nashville. He is the greatest guitar player that ever lived in my opinion. I don’t think there will ever be anyone greater.”


I agree...
Last edited by Norm on Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
...that's how it looks to me...The opinion expressed above is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views of this station. Your mileage may vary...

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That should do it.
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Re: Merle Travis on Chet...

Postby rhirvine » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:56 pm

Well put and probably true.
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Re: Merle Travis on Chet...

Postby Craig_Pratt » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:56 pm

I had never read this. Very cool! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Merle Travis on Chet...

Postby bill_h » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:50 pm

Thanks Norm! That was a great quote from Merle. I'd say Merle hit the nail right on the head. This world sure was fortunate to have Chet Atkins in it!
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