merle travis picjpgMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (11/14/17) — The celebration of the 100th birthday of a man that helped put Muhlenberg music on the national map will be Dec. 2 in Drakesboro.

The Merle Travis 100th Birthday Celebration Miners Strawberries and Cornbread Supper and Merle Travis Guitar Picking Party will begin with doors open at 2 p.m. with dinner served at about 5 p.m at Drakesboro City Hall.

“Miners Strawberries” is a song from Travis’s “Songs from the Hills” auburn including the lyrics, “them miner’s strawberries ain’t nothing’ but beans.”

Menu items for the dinner include soup beans, cornbread, BBQ pulled pork, side dishes and a huge birthday cake.

There will be some of the finest thumbpickers in the country attending and playing at the celebration.

Travis was born Nov. 29, 1917 in Rosewood and is attributed with the “Travis Picking” style also known as thumbpicking. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

Earlier “thumbpickers” included Arnold Shultz, Kennedy Jones and Mose Rager.

He is known for songs such as “Sixteen Tons,” “Re-Enlistment Blues,” “I am a Pilgrim,” and “Dark as a Dungeon”. He died in 1983.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Region 3 Vice President

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