Nashville guitarist to present free concert

Nashville guitarist to present free concert
Thom Bresh, son of the legendary Merle Travis and a great Nashville guitarist and entertainer in his own right, will perform a free concert at Slagle Auditorium on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m.

The concert is being sponsored by the National Music Museum at USD to celebrate the opening of a permanent new exhibition, "Great American Guitars." Other sponsors include Cor-Trust Bank and WNAX Radio.

Admission is free, but seating is limited to 2,000 people.�Tickets must be obtained in advance. Free tickets (limit of four tickets per request) can be picked up at Ray's MidBell Music in Sioux City, IA, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, Mollet Music in Yankton, Sioux Falls Music, or Schmitt Music in Sioux Falls.�

Tickets can also be ordered from the National Music Museum, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069, but a self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with the request.

In addition to his own guitar, a "Super Dualette" by Del Langejans, Bresh will play two famous instruments now owned by the National Music Museum. One is a 1969 Martin guitar, owned and played by Bresh's father, Merle Travis, then by Marty Stuart, and later by Johnny Cash.

The other is the "Bon Aqua," owned and used by Cash for many years, when he would retreat alone to his farm southwest of Nashville, as he wrote in his autobiography, "to cook my own food, read my own books, tend my own garden, water my own land, and think, write, compose, rest, and reflect in peace."

As such, the guitar, which Cash used while writing songs during the last 30 years of his life, was more intimately connected with him than the hundreds of other guitars that came and went through his hands while on the road.

For more information, visit the NMM Web site,, or call 605-677-5306.

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