Canadian rockabilly guitar master Paul Pigat was in the process of recording a new solo album when he suddenly realized country guitar virtuoso Merle Traviswould’ve turned 100 this year.

“When I discovered his birthday was November 29, 1917, I decided to put my solo record on hold and do a Cousin Harley album instead,” Pigat said, referring to his longtime band. The album, Blue Smoke: The Music of Merle Travis, will be released November 25 via Little Pig Records.

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