The tab I have would be difficult to cross pick as it has a lot of doubled up notes i.e. bass and treble together. Merle Travis once said the pattern named after him was nice but he doesn't actually do it as generally described as he mixes things up a lot and doesn't always repeat patterns
Just watched a purported studio recording w/ video of the song and it does appear to be a Travis pattern. The chords are easy. John Kay capos up 2 frets and plays out of the G position. Here's the video (if it will post). Been having a bit of trouble getting vids and such to show up and I can't preview my posts since the server migration.
After learning Neil Youngs "The Needle and Damage Done" from Neil, the strumming/picking pattern sounds real similar. I have the tab as well and it is really hard to follow. I am hoping the Neil can do his magic on it and show us the way.