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Dan Auerbach
Nels Cline, the unlikely guitar hero
Nels Cline, the unlikely guitar hero

Picture a guitar hero. What do you see? Maybe there's flowing hair shaking before arena-sized crowds, a few technicolor scarves and Eddie Van Halen-esque spotlight posturing. Or maybe it's a crowd of gone-too-soon ghosts in Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Duane Allman. But what you don't immediately imagine is a lanky, cerebral and unfailingly humble 58-year-old in Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. "Nels is like an incredible addition to that lineage of super-creative guitarists," said drummer Billy Martin of the genre-skipping instrumental trio Medeski Martin & Wood. Last month, the trio released a bewitching, all-improvised live album with Cline called...