Patricia Travis Eatherly accepts the posthumous award for induction of her father, Merle Travis, into the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame, April 11, 1998. Photo courtesy NTPHF
National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame
This organization was founded in 1998 to
promote and preserve the style of guitar playing characterized
as thumb picking and to honor outstanding performers
associated with the art. Muhlenberg County is the birthplace
of thumb picking, and one of the best known thumb pickers is
Muhlenberg County native Merle Travis. The organization and
its first two induction ceremonies are documented with videos,
narrative text, photographs, newspaper articles, and programs
from the inductions.
Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).
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