Merle Travis - 2002 Inductee

          Guitar Stylist, Singer, Songwriter. The son of a tobacco farmer and coal miner, he got his start in 1935 when he joined the Tennessee Tomcats and from there the Georgia Wildcats and the Drifting Pioneers. He and Grandpa Jones did many radio shows together and recorded as the Shepard Brothers.

          He co-wrote Capitol’s first million-seller, Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette with Tex Williams, and his Folk Songs of Our Hills included Nine Pound Hammer, Dark As A Dungeon and Sixteen Tons. He won acclaim for his portrayal of a young GI in the 1954 film From Here To Eternity, in which he sang Re-enlistment Blues. He was also one of the Texas Playboys in the Clint Eastwood Film, Honkytonk Man. Travis’s Walkin’ The Strings is a highly-regarded album of acoustic guitar solos. In 1948 he developed the solid-body guitar. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

          In Merle's exhibit are his Nudie Shirt, signature Stetson hat, and signature Gibson Super 400 guitar. This guitar was special made for Merle and was the inspiration behind him developing the solid body guitar to eliminate feedback from his instrument. This is the guitar featured in his picture above.

Interesting note about this guitar: You will notice a small metal bracket on the left side of the neck that is parallel to the guitars neck. This bracket was used to hold Merle's pocket watch so that he could see the time without looking at his wrist while in front of an audience.

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  1. Dale Ann Bradley - 2018 Inductee
  2. Billy Ray Cyrus - 2018 Inductee
  3. Jason Crabb - 2018 Inductee
  4. Jackie DeShannon - 2018 Inductee
  5. David "Stringbean" Akeman - 2018 Inductee
  6. Bobby Lewis - 2018 Inductee
  7. Exile - 2011 Inductees
  8. The Kentucky Headhunters - 2013 Inductees
  9. Jerry Chestnut - 2004 Inductee
  10. John Lee Lair - 2002 Inductee
  11. Red Foley - 2002 Inductee
  12. Coon Creek Girls - 2004 Inductees
  13. Ulys R "Red" Turner - Renfro Valley Performer
  14. Old Joe Clark - 2013 Inductee
  15. Merle Travis - 2002 Inductee
  16. Loretta Lynn - 2002 Inductee
  17. JD Crowe - 2004 Inductee
  18. Bradley Kincaid - 2002 Inductee
  19. Jean Ritchie - 2002 Inductee
  20. Tom T Hall - 2002 Inductee
  21. Pete Stamper - 2015 Inductee
  22. Steve Wariner - 2011 Inductee
  23. Bradley Kincaid - 2002 Inductee
  24. Bill Monroe - 2002 Inductee
  25. Dwight Yoakam - 2008 Inductee
  26. John Conlee - 2006 Inductee
  27. Louis Marshall "Grandpa Jones" - 2002 Inductee
  28. Keith Whitley - 2011 Inductee
  29. Ricky Skaggs - 2004 Inductee
  30. Brian Littrell & Kevin Richardson of The Backstreet Boys - 2015 Inductees
  31. Patty Loveless - 2011 Inductee
  32. Montgomery Genrty - 2015 Inductees
  33. John Michael Montgomery - 2011 Inductee
  34. The Judds - 2006 Inductees
  35. The Everly Brothers - 2002 Inductees
  36. Boots Randolph - 2004 Inductee
  37. Sam Bush - 2006 Inductee