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Posted By: Mark Clark
05-Dec-03 - 06:42 PM
Thread Name: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
Subject: RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
What a great article. Kienzle is a well known author on country music and certainly speaks with authority. It's easy to believe he had to wrestle with the problem of where to stop; how to keep the article from becoming the book it probably could be.

He doesn't point out that Marcel Dadi figured out this complex style on his own in France and left as his legacy—Dadi was killed aboard TWA Flight 800—some of the best instruction materials available for this style. I don't think too many of Merle's or Chet's arrangements are on the net but there is a good collection of Dadi's music as TablEdit files.

Kienzle also fails to mention that Thom Bresh actually is Merle Travis' son. Either he fails to mention it or all the stories going around are just urban legends and there never was any truth to the stories. According Rick Fielding (posted in another thread) some of the film of Bresh and Travis playing together was shot before Thom knew Merle was his biological father.

      - Mark