It is really tough to have him as one of your blues idols.
Damn guy outplays every other blues guitarist I've ever heard. and not in a "look how fast I can play" kinda way, but in every other way that is important.
I mean yeah it's cool knowing I have impeccable taste in guitar idols, but dammit, it's friggin difficult to live up to his levels of insane awesomeness.
The crappy part of is that I can hear that he's basically just rippin up the blues scale that I know pretty much inside out, but his PHRASING is mindnumbingly awesome, and his filler notes are barely even filler notes. Even though it goes by blindingly fast, somehow every note is clear and articulated, and totally vital to the mood of the particular phrase he's playing. And when I try to figure out bits which involve filler sections by ear, I totally fail cuz it's going so fast.
damn guy and his amazingness. I'm getting discouraged.