I can play in a very traditional or non-traditional style depending on what is needed. For example - I used to play mandolin in an traditional Irish folk band playing "wild rover" and "the unicorn." I also played mandolin through a wah and delay pedal into a sansamp for the recording of "stupid boyfriend."

Same with guitar.

I can play very straightforward and am happy strumming along G-D-C chords. Or if you need something else I can probably do that too!

I modeled myself after Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) for a long time. He's the guitar guy that comes in and puts down great simple guitar parts that become part of the song but don't overshadow the singer or the song. Think of "Breakdown" without his guitar part - you can't. He played on Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" - yep, all those great signature type guitar parts - that's Mike Campbell. I try to do the same thing when I play. Play for the song and don't overplay. Make it cool. Most recently I've been admiring the guitar playing of Colin Cripps - he plays with Kathleen Edwards and really makes her songs shine.

The song is King.

Another big turning point for me was listening to Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds first album. This album made me seek out a better guitar sound. That album mixes dobro, slide, mandolin and a les paul jr through a marshall and it all comes out sounding, sounding...O.K. I don't know what it sounds like but I knew the minute I heard it that I loved the sound. To this day it's my favorite sound, mixing the traditional instruments with the rock. See: Shawn Mullins "beautiful wreck" or Kathleen Edwards "pink emerson radio" or Izzy Stradlin's "take a look at the guy" or The Foo Fighters "skin & bones".