Hey I was a “sweat rocker” myself…can I get a “hell yeah”! I am presuming that you, me, Larry, Ben, TnT Taylor, and a few others are pretty much in the same age group - mid 30’s - Late 40’s…well to me there is no way you played guitar and didn’t dabble in either in Hard Rock or Sweat Rock.
Well then since Ben is the resource for most of our favorite licks then let’s talk about an older Classsic Rock Song or “Outlaw” Country song then that you may feel fun to play and can get by with it in a “folk” or bluegrass setting? I know of a few that I do in a "bluegrass-ish setting"that the crowd seems to identify with and will provide the song and the place where I go the lead from:
First “Amie” from Pure Prairie Leaque: Is a nice intro and then a nice lead break around 2:00 minutes.
I found this guys 2 part lesson on the song and he’s “all over” the lead break and gives a great explanation of it. His lesson is in 2 parts and this is the intro and he has another video of the break.
“Amie” is fun to to play as when I would play out with the guys from Ohio we typically played to a crowd that was a mix of “older and middle aged folks”, well the older folks would know most of the bluegrass numbers we done but not the younger folks, so I wold typically throw in songs like this in order to play something they were familiar in order to entertain them and it was enjoyable for the entire crowd.
If you attempt to play the lead break with someone else in this song, have them simply hum in their head a verse and follow that progression as this break follow no melody line and a lot of backup players get lost in the chord progression, so when you take the break let them know that your break will be over the “verse progression” and have them hum/sing it in the head while yo take the break…trust me if they don’t they will get lost.