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Thread #64982   Message #1067577
Posted By: Mark Clark
07-Dec-03 - 09:32 PM
Thread Name: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
Subject: RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
An interesting thing about the development of Kentucky Thumbpicking is that none of the early players seemed to think of themselves as folk or traditional musicians. I've read that Merle Travis was very resistant when asked to write some songs that sounded traditional or folk. Among the songs he reluctantly turned out were Dark As A Dungeon and Sixteen Tons. He never really liked those songs—although he later claimed to “just love” Sixteen Tons after Tennessee Ernie Ford made him a bundle of money with it.

And of course Chet Atkins used to regularly win top honors in the Playboy Jazz Poll.

      - Mark