First musical influence
....played rhythm guitar to fiddle tunes.
....Bob Wills....Buck Owens....Merle Haggard. ....All the musicians on the country shows on TV and the great road bands like Ernest Tubb's, Bob Wills and Hank Thompson's.
Country and swing heroes
....Johnny Gimble, Roy Clark, Roy Nichols, Phil Baugh, Chet Atkins, Leon McAulif, Leon Rhodes..etc.
....Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert, Vince Gill ,and Jimmy Bryant among others.
Discovered jazz guitar in 1968 by hearing "Color him Funky" by Howard Roberts and became hooked on Jazz guitar to this day.
Jazz guitar heroes
.....Howard Roberts, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Wes Montgomery, Les Paul, Jimmy Wyble, Eldon Shamblin and others too numerous to mention.