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Old 12th February 2020
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Nashville Hot Shot Guitarists

Hello All,

I'm looking for suggestions for some of the best Nashville guitarists to add to my iTunes list. Just want totally NASTY, virtuoso, blistering speed, non-stop awesomeness, great phrasing, fantastic tone, etc. I'm looking for Country Music's answer to Gutherie Govan, Paul Gilbert, Allan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc. Please, and thank you.
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The guy everyone currently copies is Brent Mason - his album Hotwired is amazing. He is THE guy.

I would also suggest you look into Johnny Hiland - he's also a virtuoso. Greg Koch is a blues and country player - but probably one of the best around today. I'd throw in Daniel Donato as well, though I don't particularly like his style, which I find a bit too soft - but his certainly one of the more popular new players.

If should also check out bluegrass for virtuoso- Tony Rice is a must - check out his album Acoustics, which is more minor, or any of his instrumentals - he's insane - just an absolute monster of a soloist.
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The guy everyone currently copies is Brent Mason - his album Hotwired is amazing. He is THE guy.

I would also suggest you look into Johnny Hiland - he's also a virtuoso. Greg Koch is a blues and country player - but probably one of the best around today. I'd throw in Daniel Donato as well, though I don't particularly like his style, which I find a bit too soft - but his certainly one of the more popular new players.

If should also check out bluegrass for virtuoso- Tony Rice is a must - check out his album Acoustics, which is more minor, or any of his instrumentals - he's insane - just an absolute monster of a soloist.
Big fan of Greg Koch and Hiland as well.

Brent mason is such a legend he almost goes without saying.

Some other guys that come to mind are Carl Miner and Guthrie Trapp. Although Carl’s more of a session guy.
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Johnny Hiland maybe Brad Paisley ??
Old 13th February 2020
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Tom Bukovac has been one of the main session guys for quite some time.

I just found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d62l3AgIaPg - covers his rig

Also this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZf4fNZNZTo

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As for flatpicking - David Grier is arguably the best of them all. My favorite is Russ Barenberg. They all pretty much acknowledge that Grier is out there in the stratosphere.

Also might want to check out James Burton and Albert Lee for the chicken picken stuff. Vince Gill as well.
Old 14th February 2020
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I gotta put Redd Volkert out there. Though he is Austin based (maybe was... rumors he's moving/moved), he is one of the top country players out there, as acknowledged by his peers (i.e. Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, etc...).

A small Western Swing sample:



Country skill is really different than the heavy rock virtuosity. It, first and foremost has to serve the song, so a LOT more melody. Tone is clean, with nowhere to hide poor technique. The shredding skill is there, but it's held in reserve. Also, listen to the rhythm comping...

Here, he's playing the Saturday country dance at the Continental Club in Austin. I made it there once on a trip to Austin. Jaw on the floor good. Cindy Cashdollar (steel player) wasn't there that day, but I did see her with Albert Lee a few weeks later. Also jaw on the floor good.
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Man this thread is the real stuff.
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A couple stylistic outliers you might find interesting:

Jamie Olander -- amazing at weaving in and out of a vocal, incredible B-Bender work.



And Steuart Smith in his "power pop" period. Check out the solo at around 1:55.

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A couple stylistic outliers you might find interesting:

Jamie Olander -- amazing at weaving in and out of a vocal, incredible B-Bender work.



And Steuart Smith in his "power pop" period. Check out the solo at around 1:55.

Yeah, Steuart Smith is one tasty mo-fo. He was one of the top session guys in Nashville until the Eagles landed him. I am guessing he still does session work though when not on the road. His solo on Winona's "I Saw The Light" is an exceptionally tasty one and of course for those that are interested, he can shred or at least the country version of shredding.
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Listen to Brad Paisley's "Cluster Pluck" and then listen to all of the guitarists on the song, including James Burton, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert, Steve Wariner, John Jorgeson, Albert Lee... John Jorgeson's Hellecasters might also be a good place to listen.
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Listen to Brad Paisley's "Cluster Pluck" and then listen to all of the guitarists on the song, including James Burton, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert, Steve Wariner, John Jorgeson, Albert Lee... John Jorgeson's Hellecasters might also be a good place to listen.
Keith Urban can go there when he wants to so add him as well. Guthrie Trapp for sure. All of the above kind of define the genre. Type "Truetone Lounge" on YouTube and you'll find a lot amazing studio and sideman Nashville greats.
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Brent Mason
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Finally, someone else on this forum that knows about Scotty. I still believe he has to be the best guitarist ever just in terms of technical ability because to my knowledge no other guitar player has ever figured out how to play three part harmonies at the same time. He is not someone I choose to listen to but he is simply mind boggling as far as the use of his right hand technique.
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Wow - Nightscope - thanks for posting this. I have a friend who has taken a lesson with Scotty - that is how I learned that he stacks his fingers and plays three part harmony lines but I of course had never seen it being done. This was very cool. Thanks for finding this and sharing!!!
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