Great story, John. Mike Watt was my first exposure to Nels, and since then he has become my favorite guitarist. His range is astounding (from abstract ambient, to free jazz, to pop stuff), his technique is unbelievable, and his use of the EH-16 is a blast, just a great melding of looping in the context of melodic playing. He's also really humble and has a great sense of humor. AND he's almost 50 and still rocks out completely. I can't describe completely what an effect he's had on me in the last few years. Daryl Shawn firstname.lastname@example.org > Wow am I dreaming or did a conversation about Nels Cline start up on > the LD list?