Saturday, October 20, 2012

Merle Travis says...

'Some people say a man is made outta mud, a poor man's made outta muscle and blood, muscle and blood and skin and bone, a mind that's weak and a back that's strong.'

- Merle Travis ('16 Tons', Folk Songs of the Hills, Merle Travis, 1946)

Note: This iconic folk/country anthem has been covered by several musicians in varying genres over the years. While I give credit to the original by Merle Travis, the version that I listen to the most is by The Dandy Warhols, off of their 2012 album, This Machine. Other notable musicians that have covered '16 Tons' include: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, Stevie Wonder, Tom Morello, and about a dozen other artists.

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