A fellow TDPRI member replied to a few of my posts recently. One thing he alluded to is my love of country music. Truth be told, I grew up on Long Island. NEW YORK! I only heard country music on television and couldn't fathom those country singers in their outlandish getups. In college I played bass for gas money one semester for a local singer who sang a mix of standards and what I recognize now as early country music. One semester I played jazz on a double bass. Most of what I played in college though was coffee house folk/rock backing myself with an electric guitar because that's what I had. I left music after I got married in 1974. A LP and Gemini VI almost got us evicted from a suburban apartment complex. I bought an Ovation acoustic but couldn't get into it. I stopped playing, sold the LP and Ampeg, and focused on earning a living in the sciences. Fast forward... I did a lot of traveling in the 90's, more than 100,000 air miles each year. This lasted well into the 2000's. I passed the time with in flight entertainment. I hated 80's and 90's pop/rock. I started listening to American Airlines Channel 6, the country music channel. It amazed me how everyone sang in tune. There was incredible musicianship. I loved that what I was listening to was really stories set to music, an extension of the music of the troubadours. And as I listened, I loved the guitar work... enough to get me playing again. I brought the Ovation up from the basement and started playing. My finger tips hurt like he!!. I bought a Nashville Telecaster from an eBay ad and never looked back. I learned songs. I taught myself finger style. I bought a Gretsch Anniversary. Country music needs a Gretsch and a Telecaster. Over the years I added two more guitars, upgraded my amp and found an acoustic I could love. There's more to the story than this, but you get the idea. I'm interested in how others have come to play what they're playing now. I've talked to jazz guitarists who've always wanted to play jazz so I know it's not always about change. For sure, it's always about growth. Let's share our stories. I hope this will be an interesting thread.