Don't mistake Lyle Lovett for just another country artist. He's a cut above, way above. I couldn't find The Road to Ensendada on YouTube so I'll subsitute my second favorite from him. This one is called Christmas Morning and it's one of the most moving songs I've ever heard.
On Eric Johnson, He is also one of a kind. Wikipedia says he incorprates Jazz, Fusion, Gospel, New Age and Country and Western. Pretty wild.
He's from here, but I never see him listed at any venues anymore. 15 years ago, an aspiring young guitarist friend of mine who was an electrician on the construction of his studio said Johnson advised at least 6 hours of practice a day, no meat and no masterbation. I'm pretty sure my friend went with 6 hours of masterbation and a steady diet of McDonalds. We can't all be Zen masters, but you'd think he could have at least met him half way.
I have searched for evidence of a country and western influence. I don't hear it. Unless they're talking about the way he sort of chicken picks.
Everyone knows me as the metal guy but I'm sorry these guys are more about a thousand times more metal than me. Who knew there was such a thing as sweep picking in 1975.
Albert Lee is becoming my favorite guitarist. He's takes Jerry Reed's chicken pickin style to a whole new level. Also he chicken picks with his pinkie. Just be careful and make sure you stop the video by the end because he may melt your face off.
Matt, I'm too lazy to search out a Roy Clark video, but he is right there with them. When I was a kid he hosted Hee Haw and was therefore nothing but a goofball to me. Especially since I was such a metal head myself. Maturity and getting old has benefitted me. I never expected that.
I was exposed to Roy Clark at an early age. My dad had an album "Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark" along with some Chet Atkins albums that we wore the grooves off. I went to see Roy Clark at the fair in 1973, and was totally amazed with his musical ability to play anything with strings. A whole different image than what was projected on Hee Haw.
Dad had some cool albums. One of my other favorites was Herb Alpert's "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" (not just for the album cover).
Hey Matt, this one's for you. It was videoed at one of my local guitar league meetings. The guy on the left is Loren. He's from here in the Syracuse area. The guy on the right, Mark, is from New Zealand. They were introduced to each other by Chet Atkins and they play some face-melting acoustic stuff.
Hmmm...I'm puzzled. I've never had a problem posting video before. Seems like using the old embed code isn't working for me either. Sorry for taking up space with that junk :( Funny thing is the video plays fine when I click "Edit This Message".