Thanks for posting that Larry.
I was able to go to the Old Time Fiddler's convention this year and saw Scott Fore and Wayne Henderson compete. Wayne got third this year (second last year) and Scott I think didn't have the best night. He didn't place in the top ten after winning last year. There was some amazing guitar players there and I'm glad I wasn't a judge. Presley Barker was also there and he is so good, he competed with the adults and placed sixth! Watch out for him! I honestly thought he was good enough to win.
Sometimes players try to throw in too many notes and it seems to take away the interest of the song. But I suppose if you can pull that off cleanly and still keep somewhat of the melody (which very few can), you'll rank high with the judges.
I have a couple favorites in these ten, but one of the things that stood out the most was Matt Lindsey's rhythm playing, especially on the second song. Take another listen, maybe some of you will agree. I too really liked Ben Cockman's version of Danny Boy Mike.
Thanks again Larry.