Paul Ingram and Billy Foster intently observe thumb-picking session at the Drakesboro Fire Station. Photo: Stuart Burrill, c. 1999
Merle Travis Birthday Tribute and Beef Stew
An annual event which celebrates the
achievements of a Muhlenberg County native son whose talent
changed the face of contemporary popular music and to
celebrate the indigenous thumb-picking style of guitar from
which he drew inspiration. Travis' western Kentucky
thumb-picking style transformed the role of the guitar from a
support to a solo instrument. The ninth annual tribute to
Travis, held at Central City, Kentucky, on November 27, 1999,
served Travis' favorite meal of beef stew, corn bread, and
peach or apple cobbler to approximately 180 people. A recipe
for making 60 gallons of stew is included! Jam sessions, begun
early in the day at the Drakesboro Fire Station, continued
long into the night.
Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).
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