Merle Travis (b. November 29, 1917-d. October 20, 1983) Native of Rosewood, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Developer of a Kentucky guitar picking style known as "thumb picking." Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.
Mother Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis, Oswald Kirby, and Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Photo taken during the Will the Circle Be Unbroken sessions in August 1971 at Woodland Studios in Nashville. (photo by William E. McEuen)