: Really good questions:
: 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?