Watch the Impress Me Minor online guitar lesson by Corey Congilio from 30 Modern Country Guitar Licks You MUST Know
One of the things I think is most "impressive" about country guitar playing in the early 90's is how the A list session musicians of the time adapted to the new music being created. Rock producers had infiltrated Nashville and brought their sound with them. Legendary session guitarists (who might be known for their chicken pickin') like Brent Mason showed that they could rock and play killer melodic ideas.
This example is a short homage to a lick I heard him play way back when. As always, the melody or a "hook" is always most important. Coming up with a memorable hook quickly in the studio is what makes session guitarists worth their weight in gold! This short example is a favorite of mine. It's in A minor, which is also C major, and uses minor pentatonic and natural minor ideas. The chord progression is Am-F-C-G or 6415. I've used the same type of tone as the previous example for this lick.