What's the "Comfortably Numb" of country guitar pickin'?

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  1. RadioFM74

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    .... meaning the most classic of classic guitar solos? (Yeah I could have as well said the "Starway" but I'm in a Gilmour phase).

    Just to get the ball rolling I nominate this amazing thing by Mr Vince Gill. Tone, phrasing, tension/release, tasty licks.... it's all there!!



    Another contender.... ah, Albert!



    Bonus points if it's played on a Tele!
     
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    Funny,

    I was going to say, "Anything played by Vince Gill".

    He's a sublime and lovely guitar player, for sure!

    This is a classic bit of lead guitar, delivered by Willie Nelson on a nylon-stringed Trigger.
    Time stamp 1:09 is when it starts.

     
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    Most tunes by Roy Buchanan and “Nancy” check out live 1976 on YouTube to see, his tone will put tears in your eyes it’s worth watching his 1976 cover of “Hey Joe” live In Austin
    Not exactly country but it has inflections and he’s a pickin nd grinnin !
     
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    I nominate the great solo by Ray Flacke on Highway 40 Blues starting at 1:45. And his fills at 2:20 on are just as good.

     
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    every tele tone you love was right there in the hands of danny gatton
     
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    do you want the greatest country solo in a public opinion or MY opinion?

    Public... hmmm... gotta be Luther's solo on Folsom Prison Blues. I hate Cash for the most part, I mean he outright STOLE that song, but that solo... absolutely perfect for the song. So iconic.

    BUT - when it comes to some virtuoso level soloing that fits the song and took it further the same way Numb did.... I will say Jerry Reed's East Bound and Down. That solo was a must know / must play in the 70s.

    I will reserve my own personal choice for greatest solo for another time.
     
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    Just to clarify: the thread is about what you consider to be an outstanding, somehow definitive country pickin' solo. Highly subjective and just for kicks.

    Country-inflected solos from other styles of music (may I quote the wonderful guitar work on Octopus' Garden?) are welcome although the focus is really on country guitar players - known and less known.

    Keep 'em coming!

    PS: Western swing is most definitely included!
     
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    this whole thing:



    or if you want just a solo within a song, go about 1:10 in:

     
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    Go to 19 min mark..a very Gilmour type solo in a haunting minor key country ballad.. Phil Emmanuel RIP

    Rest of the album full of some quality playing too
     
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    I'd think "Workin' Man Blues" would be the standard.



    Yet, worth a listen - for excellent playing offering some solid Chicken pickin', meeting interesting chord voicings, meeting a sweet bluesy section.

    Brent Mason and Vince Gill - Don't Try This At Home
     
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    Um...




    :rolleyes:
     
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    anything with jerry reed inside
     
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    “Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” is a classic country solo, IMHO
     
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    A tad too literal ;)
     
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    Because Brent


    Because Pete
     
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    First solo that came to mind was Reed's EBAD, but then I decided to be synonymous with Comfortably Numb, it has to be ballad or something downbeat. Then I thought about Peaceful Easy Feeling, but decided that wasn't country enough. Then I thought about Wichita Lineman. But decided it was too brief, and less of a solo, and more of a verse quote. I've expended my guesses, and can't think of a country solo, that is so iconic, it makes you forget about the song and lyrics. That's the genius of Gilmour.
     
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