“The number one album on this list, the biggest priority and the record you simply have to have, is the Atkins-Travis Traveling Show by Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. If I were washed up on a shore and only had one record to listen to, this would be the one.
“It’s far from perfection, but it’s so full of beautiful arrangements and ideas. One of the things that really draws me in is Chet’s sound. You don’t hear him play steel-string acoustic too often, but when you do, it’s a classic, pure sound that’s so fantastic that you wish you could hear it on every one of his albums.
“Chet’s playing on this album is the benchmark of everything I’ve ever wanted to be as a player. Merle Travis is beautiful on the record, too. It’s got it all.”