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Most Influential Country Tele Picker of All Time

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Ward, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Ward

    Ward Tele-Holic

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    This is kind of an offshoot of the other thread, but I didn't want to directly hijack it, so I thought I'd do a new one.

    My question would not be who's the best, but who's the most influential. IMHO, I think it's Brent Mason. I hear so many picker's who are very derivative of the licks he does. A close second would go to Danny Gatton, probably only because he's not as well known.
     
  2. Caffeine Patrol

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    Most influential? I'd have to say James Burton, Albert Lee and Clarence White.
     
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    Luther Perkins.

    What picker hasn't sat down and figured out the opening lick to "Folsom Prison Blues"?
     
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    ^^^^ Agreed.

    Also, Chet Atkins.

    I would say Brent Mason is the Eddie Van Halen of Tele pickin' of the late 80s till today. By virtue of being on so many records yet sounding fresh and plain awesome all the time, whether its comping a shuffle or hitting notes for Shania Twain.

    Clarence White, Danny Gatton, James Burton and the pickers from the Hellecasters. Tommy Emmanuel steals his fair bit from the latter trio.

    Merle Travis?

    Redd Volkaert. Only because he's awesome.
     
  5. Ward

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    That's funny, I was actually thinking about the Eddie Van Halen comparison when I started this thread. By the late 80's everyone sounded like Van Halen. I think Brent's a little different, since he is on so many records and plays with such versatility, but the comparison is still interesting.
     
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    I was thinking on how Van Halen lit a fire in the guitar world, Brent has done so in his own understated way.

    I know he knocked me out when I first got to know his style and his music.

    Brent has moved the goalpost like VH did, and everyone's shooting for it now. Not that being everyone in this aspect is a bad thing.
     
  7. WaylonFan76

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    How about Don Rich ? I agree on James Burton and Luther Perkins.
     
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    Luther, yes, for sure.
    I wish he was even more influential than he is; might cut down on the prevalence of 'notes per second' playing (nothing against 'notes per second' per se; Clarence White could play plenty of nps but they almost always meant something).
     
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    You guys have already nailed it. So I am just agreeing.
     
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    Because of his national TV exposure in the late 1950's I would have to say James Burton. But Luther's a close second.
     
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    Probably, but we need to include Roy Nichols in the Holy Triumvirate.

    Redd and Brent may be more directly influential on todays pickers, but historically the former three have had a much wider influence.
     
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    Agreed. :D
     
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