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Watch the Poor Mama online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 50 Country Masters Licks You MUST Know

This lick comes from the Merle Haggard tune Mama Tried. The studio recording of this features James Burton on dobro and finger picking, and the live Okie From Muskogee version from 1968 features Roy Nichols on guitar. I’m choosing this live version because it has become more famous than the studio version, and I’m going to combine the two iconic aspects of this song. One is this backwards roll that Roy is playing using the open D string and the pedal steel guitar lick. Both have been really influential in soloing.