When I think of bluegrass mandolin, I think of Bill Monroe. Why I love Monroe has as much to do with the fact that if I could play every break note for note, I could still never make the mandolin sound the way Bill did - as it does with the fact that I could never come up with his phrasing, syncopations and his sheer inventiveness on the mandolin on my own.
When I think of bluegrass guitar, I think of Clarence White much the same way. Clarence White left us way to soon, but his musical legacy lives on. Unfortunately, alot of the best music of the Kentucky Colonels is no longer released, but there are some good compilations out there.
I thought I'd start this thread so that everyone who has been influenced by the music of the Colonels and Clarence White can share their experiences.