So Mark Tremonti brought up an interesting matter of country music during a recent UG interview, saying that while he may not be the style's biggest fan, he has massive respect for the "insanely talented" guitarists that can be found within the genre.
Here's the man's full quote in case you missed it: "I really respect any good player in any genre. I may not be the biggest country music fan but their players are insanely talented.
"You can walk into any bar in Nashville and there's somebody that's just brilliant. It's just so inspiring and it's a little intimidating. It's good, if you ever feel comfortable with the way you play, go to Nashville and go to a bar and watch some 16-year-old kid just annihilating and it will make you get back to practicing.
"There's always somebody out there to inspire you and I'm never afraid to try new stuff. I think it only makes you more rounded and more unique."
Anyhow, a lot of you folks gave respect to country six-string players, so we thought a rundown highlighting some of the genre's greats would be in order. Here goes...
Let's kick things off with the man who started it all in many ways. Known as the originator of the so-called Nashville sound, give it up for Mr. Chet Atkins. If you want some flashy stuff, check out around 1:10 in the first clip for some sweep picking... in 1975.
As one of the most successful country artists of all time, with 12 million albums sold and plenty of awards under his belt, Brad Paisley is also one lean 'n' mean guitar player.
Discovered by Chet Atkins, Brent Mason is a renowned session guitarists who played on over 1,000 albums from a variety of artists ranging from Shania Twain to Zac Brown Band. He has two solo instrumental studio albums under his belt, as well as top-level playing skills.
Singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, legend - Mr. Jerry Reed!
While most notable country players are from the States, Mr. Albert Lee comes from the UK. He's renowned for his finger-style and hybrid picking technique.
26 million albums sold, lots of commercial success, killer guitar skills behind it all...
Y'all up for some chickin' pickin'?
We started this with an icon, and we'll wrap it up with an icon. Merle Travis, the man who inspired Chet Atkins...
And here's one with a whole bunch of top-notch players in one place...