Yes, Mark Knophler on Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing” is sublime. And Stevie Ray Vaughan on “Tin Pan Alley” from Couldn’t Stand the Weather is “soulful” defined.
But somehow, Kenny Withrow’s playing on Edie Brickell & New Bohemians’ “What I Am” from their album Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars is spellbinding. There’s just something about that song that has always held me transfixed for the full 4:58. It is certainly not the lyrics, and it probably has a lot to do with Pat Moran’s production. But in the end, I am sure that the main reason that I never tire of this tune is Withrow’s brilliantly understated caress of six steel strings. No grind, no shred, just unbelievably tasty morsels in 4/4 time.