Watch the Ballad Bends online guitar lesson by Corey Congilio from 30 Modern Country Guitar Licks You MUST Know
Long searing ballad solos are common in country music. We want to mimic the vocals, so long sustained notes with vibrato helps us achieve this. This is a lick that may be underrated. If you play with singer songwriters you'll often play songs that sound like this progression and you'll have more memorable solos by approaching your licks this way. I'm using the Matchless amp model for the tone here as well as some nice verb and delay.