Blues/rock has been my favourite genre for seeing live music for years - ever since the SRV era, and its some of what I play with my band too. But I saw Matt Schofield and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's bands last night in Edinburgh and was bored. Over the last 18 months or so I've seen Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw-Taylor, Ainsley Lister, Dan Patlansky, Marcus Bonafanti, King King and others (you may be less familiar with some of those outside the UK) as well. Despite the guitarists' great virtuosity and full-on committed playing, I feel a bit tired of the lack of musical creativity, over-reliance on the same old soloing tricks, cliched banal blues/rock lyrics, absence of decent songs and often bored-looking band members. There must be some players out there that I don't know so I'd really appreciate your advice on who to check out. My criteria would be: 1. Some good songs, with decent lyrics, which aren't just a vehicle for soloing. Where the guitar playing complements rather than dominates the song. 2. Bands that really work together to create a vibe, rather than side-men (or women) just brought together to support the soloist. 3. Inventive Guitar playing that avoids the usual virtuosic cliches. It could be that I'm just over-exposed to blues/rock genre, or that the genre has pretty much had its day, but I would love you to suggest some artists to prove me wrong.