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)!


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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