Favorite guitarists :
Eric Johnson, Shawn Lane, Guthrie Govan, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons, Allan Holdsworth, Alex Hutchings, Steve Vai, Scott Henderson, Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Danny Gatton, Paul Gilbert, Eric Gales, Brett Garsed, John Petrucci, Pat Metheny, Frank Gambale, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Morse, Robert Fripp, Steve Howe, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Michael Bay, Jack Herring, Joe Pass, Tom Quayle, Rick Grahm.
Favorite bassists :
Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius, Dave Carpenter, Victor Wooten, Charles Mingus, Geddy Lee, Tal Wilkenfeld, John Pattituci, Michael Barrick, Les Claypool, Flea.
I'm into a wide variety of kinds of music, including jazz (from swing to bebop to the cool to free jazz), fusion, blues, some country, bluegrass, folk, funk, prog rock, classic rock, jam bands, classical, romantic, impressionist, raggae, latin and middle eastern music. Musical humor is also cool (I had a pretty big Frank Zappa kick as a teenager). I try to appriciate music for the general musicianship, composition, and expression that it involves, which can transcend genre, but of course I don't like everything equally.
I would describe my own playing as generally lending itself to some mix and spectrum of the rock (blues rock, classic rock, hard rock, prog rock, jam band) and jazz (bebop, post-bop, fusion) worlds, sometimes with some additional input from serouces such as blues, country, and classical (and romantic/late romantic). Explicit and concious country influence is relatively recent for me.