Cover photo of "That Muhlenberg Sound" audio cassette by thumb-picker Eddie Pennington.
That Muhlenberg Sound
The Muhlenburg sound is a distinctive style of
guitar playing known as thumb-picking that musicians in Muhlenburg
County began in the 1920s. The style has been popularized
throughout the country by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.
This project is documented as a local legacy with 20
commercially produced audio cassette tapes of performances by local
Muhlenburg thumb-pickers, Eddie and Alonzo Pennington, Tommy Owens,
Mose Rager, Paul Moseley, Jason Snyder, Lee Jenkins, and Tommy
Owens. The cassettes are produced by the label, The Muhlenberg
Sound, P.O. Box 132, Beechmont, Kentucky 42323. Muhlenberg is the
home of the annual Legends Thumb-Picking Contest and the
Thumb-Pickers Hall of Fame in Drakesboro.
Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).
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