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Happy Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) and happy birthday Mr. Merle Travis, who would have been 102 years old today (had he not died at the age of 65 in 1983)!


To aid in the digestion of all that turkey or ham or whatever vegetarian option some of you have undoubtedly chosen, here’s a version of Travis playing the classic Lead Belly number “The Midnight Special” from a 1968 TV appearance. The guy could play. —Blair Jackson