Ok, so lately I've been bitten by the bug of early country music, been listening to LOTS of Buck Owens, Hank Sr., Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, a little George Jones and lots of traditionalists like Dwight Yoakam, Moot Davis, Asleep at the Wheel, and Flying Burrito Bros. How does one learn the styles of say Don Rich, Roy Nichols, Eldon Shamblin, Pete Anderson, Ray Benson, Redd Volkaert, etc??? I just love this stuff, and have listened to so much Buck recently that my girlfriend is threatening to break the cd... Any help? Books? Videos? I don't like "hot licks" guys like Brent Mason, and while I respect Brad Paisley immensely, I don't know that I really want to ape his style either. I'm using a Tele of course, strung with 11's, because of the fatness in the bottom end. Been using a thumbpick alot lately too. Seems like a little analog delay is needed, and a little bit of compression so I'm using an AD9 and a Hotcake. I have a book from Larry McCabe on 101 Dog Gone Good Honky Tonk Licks, and I bought "Country Guitar" by Greg Koch, and I have the Benson "Western Swing" DVD coming. Anything else??? I love low bass note runs, pedal steel licks, and the chord melody stuff that sound like old school jazz. At this point I've been a blues guy forever, and have been playing real traditional style Texas and Chicago stuff, and some West Coast Swing stuff too. I have almost zero theory, and usually play by ear, and by feeling on gigs.