Canada's rockabilly heros knock it out of the park once again with their 6th release! Paul Pigat, Jesse Cahill and Keith Picot pay homage to their hero and one of the 20th century's most influential guitarists for what would have been his 100th birthday.
Recorded at Heavy o Sonic studios in Vancouver BC, 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. And, although we've taken some liberties and added a bit of the trademark Cousin Harley flair to Merle's original recordings, we didn't veer too far off track. Our goal was to pay homage and respect to this inspirational American music icon. Why mess with the best??"
This CD is sponsored by Bigsby Guitars, whose founder, Paul Bigsby, worked with Merle Travis in 1948 to build the first modern solid body electric guitar. The Gretsch Company owns Bigsby today.
1. Divorce Me C.O.D. 3:38
2. Deep South 3:01
3. Blue Smoke 2:37
4. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed 3:08
5. Sixteen Tons 3:52
6. Too Much Sugar for a Dime 2:55
7. Cincinnati Lou 2:51
8. Re Enlistment Blues 4:04
9. Fat Gal 3:20
10. Dark as a Dungeon 3:32
11. Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette 3:38
12. Rosewood 3:05