Brent Mason has been the most recorded session player on the country music scene in the last 10 years. Some estimate that his playing can be heard on as many as 7 out of the top 10 songs on the country music charts at any given time. His list of credits is insanely long. He has the ability to adapt his playing to nearly any country style. His chops are insane, yet he can play the simplest, tasty traditional country licks. I particularly enjoy his work on Alan Jackson's stuff.
Mason is also an accomplished jazz player. If you get a chance, check out his stuff with Mark O'Connor (the fiddle session player equivalent of Brent.) Mark O'Connor and the Nashville Cats album features all of the most recorded session players in Nashville flexing their muscles and playing some really amazing stuff, from traditional jazz to warp-speed country.
If you discovered that you like the sound of a tele within the last 10 years, it is possibly because you like Brent Mason's tone.