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40 years of Folk Fests: A storied past

...performers, expanding the event to three days. By 1977, the idea of hosting a guest artist had been established - Merle Travis was the first. When the event outgrew the museum within those first few years, some events were moved to the National...

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Message to smokers: Here's another nail in your coffin

...Here's another nail in your coffin," as someone handed you a cigarette, many years ago. In 1947, 62 years ago, Merle Travis wrote a song that was adopted by Tex Williams. Here are some of the lyrics: "Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette...

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Juneau Empire Story Archive

...Love?'' Timid listeners may want to take precautions. Since year three, when the festival brought up guest artist Merle Travis, the event has continued to present special performers annually. Louisiana's Balfa Brothers, West Virginia's...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/040499/Ins_folkfest.shtml
(Mostly) all-female band to burn it up on the Fourth

...the stage with many country stars who followed the wealth to the Last Frontier - the most notable being country legend Merle Travis, remembered today for his masterful guitar picking style from which the term "Travis picking" comes. Heikes also...

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