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Cousin Harley, Blue Smoke--The Music of Merle Travis

Canada’s rockabilly heroes, Paul Pigat, Jesse Cahill and Keith Picot, collectively known as Cousin Harley, pay homage to their hero and one of the 20th century’s most influential guitarists for what would have been his 100th birthday. The CD features eleven Merle Travis classics that have been given Cousin Harley’s hallmark virtuosic rockabilly and western swing treatment and also includes one original song, Rosewood - a tribute to Travis’ birthplace. Pigat’s affection and respect for Travis are best summed up in the liner notes: “Merle’s swinging fingerstyle playing, driving backbeat, and wry sense of humor are cornerstones of the Cousin Harley sound. Always have been; always will be. Our goal was to pay respect to this inspirational American music icon. Why mess with the best??”

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