I'm writing a book on Amercana guitar styles at the moment; the publisher is great and has left me to my own devices but the question is what does this style mean to you? Although the term itself was only really coined in the 1980s I'm taking a long chronological approach starting with the birth of Country music and moving towards modern day via everyone from Springsteen and Dylan to all the more niche folk/blues acts like Elizabeth Cotten, Woody Guthrie etc. There are obvious titans like Steve Earle and Wilco for the modern day but literally hundreds more that deserve a mention/musical example. Four chapters in and the magnitude of the task has taken hold...part of the problem is it fuses so many styles from Bill Monroe Bluegrass all the way to Cajun and beyond.
Any names that you'd be furious to see omitted from getting a mention?