Russ Barenberg,David Grier, Tony Rice,and Bryan Sutton would have to be at the top of my list but lets not forget all the names before them.Doc,Clarence,and Dan to name a few. The list goes on and on. On the instructional side of things Steve Kaufman hands down has the most material and variety for all levels of playing. Bryan Sutton's dvd has more of the current Bluegrass style mixed with the old bluesy Tony Rice. Also technical rhythmic clecha's that make up the new sounds of flatpicking. Sweeping triplets and lots of hammer on and pull off ideas that make up the newer sound. Also using interesting chords throughout the standard chord progressions has become a staple in the more recent developing styles. Try listening to Bryan Sutton and David Grier for example. You should notice how much more interesting or should I say more complicated their arrangements sound. Although it's not more complicated it's just newer sounding as apposed to the older straight up standard arrangements.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey Before Breakfast, St. Ann's Reel, Liberty, Soldiers Joy, Red Haired Boy, Fiddlers Blues, Leather Britches, Decision at Glady Fork, Temperance Reel, Forked Deer, Smiths Reel,Golden Slippers, Blackberry Blossom, Beaumont Rag, Dailey's Reel, Ashokan Farewell. It's hard to name your favorite tune when you love them all. Wish I had time to learn one every day.
Gibson Advanced Jumbo ( The Bone Crusher)
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Originally from Tulsa Oklahoma till I was nineteen. Then moved to Boise Idaho. Fell in Love and been here every since. Love the area but miss the bass fishing.
Thanks for the kind words! You probably know more about 'sound' itself than I do, but here's my basic formula:
Pan your lead and rhythm tracks as much as you can stand it to separate them, and you won't get so much midrange wash that causes one to play too hard or want to make things too bright to 'cut through';
I never use any compression ever if I can avoid it; I try to play evenly enough with enough dynamics: I feel I've not done my job if I need very much compression at all (and it sounds very un-natural to me)
I tend to not mic too close (very subjective) to get a little breathy room sound;
Maybe a little reverb to inspire, but almost never on any fiddle-tune type speeds
Keep in mind, as you probably know, you can take one ear off your headphones and hear your guitar acoustically; sometime I'll pan the track I'm listening to all the way to the ear I'm listening with to avoid any 'bleed' from the dangling earpiece;
Hope this is helpful
Hey Ray, Thanks for checking back in with me. I ended up just picking one and think I am very happy with it. Here is what I chose based on several recommendations: The LR Baggs, Para DI, maybe you can read this link on the web to it.