Edited by Joe Connor on 1/25/2017, 12:41 pm
1. I think Bob played the back-up alone on Scotch and Soda. While the guitar part sounds great, it's really not all that difficult and, besides, Bob doesn't get the credit he deserves as a guitarist. He didn't just strum. He did some single-string work, too (e.g., intro to Reuben James).
2. By now, a lot of us think Wheat played many of the guitar parts that we always thought Dave played (e.g., Fair and Tender Maidens). It's difficult to get a read on how good a guitarist Dave was.
3. Nick did fast strumming on the up-tempo numbers, which is a lot harder than it looks. Some of those songs were really fast. The brilliance of Nick's playing was his use of the capo to play way up the neck. This put his guitar sound squarely between the banjo and Bob's D-28. I'd love to know who came up with that idea, because it really caused the fast numbers to rock. I don't recall him doing any single-string work.
4. Before George, John Stewart was probably the best guitarist the Trio ever had. He was solid and innovative. I always liked his back-up work on songs like Chilly Winds and Where Have All the Flowers Gone. He could flatpick and fingerpick.
5. George is the best all-around instrumentalist the Trio has ever had. Whether it's guitar or banjo, he can play the hell out of it, and he's so modest about it. Quite a guy.
6. Didn't Wheat play back-up on Somethin' Else? I also wonder if he continued his association with Dave after the WHS days. Was the break-up of that group a mutual decision or was it Dave's unilateral decision?