My friend Prof. Terry Morgan at Alfred State in New York played me the Dick Rosmini Adventures in 6, 12, and 5 strings about 30 years ago. I was thunder struck. I had am still primarily a word driven musician. For me the guitar supports the song. But Dick Rosmini was the first person I ever heard who made the guitar sound like a song unto it self.
For awhile afterwards I would buy folk albums in cut out bins based on some requirements, what was the label and who the artist was less important than who the side men were. Dick Rosmini, Paul Prestopino, Danny Kalb, David Bromberg. My thinking was if they had these guys backing them up thy must have been pretty good.