Watch the Sizzlin' Guitar online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 30 Country Jazz Licks You MUST Know
Roy Lanham’s picture on the cover of The Fabulous Guitar of Roy Lanham tells you everything you need to know about Roy’s playing: sophistication. Barney Kessel once made a comment that people would see that Roy was a truly great jazz guitarist if he ever took off his cowboy boots. He was probably best known for his work with the legendary cowboy band Sons of the Pioneers. He did make a couple records of his own in 1959 that are top notch country jazz guitar records. His playing is rooted Django Reinhardt and Chet Atkins, but to be honest I always felt Roy sounds like Roy. Maybe a touch of Sheldon Bennett. His beautiful chord melodies and swing lines were unlike his peers. As a session guitarist, he has played with Hank Penny, Merle Travis, Speedy West, Johnny Horton, and The Delmore Brothers.
This lick is from "Air Mail Special", and is a great combination of country and jazz. He starts with a fiddle line and it quickly morphs into a swing blues figure. This is all over a C chord.