Watch Derek Trucks and Nels Cline bring different worlds of lead guitar greatness together in stunning live call-and-response duel with Wilco

(from left) Nels Cline, Derek Trucks and Jeff Tweedy perform onstage with Wilco at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Florida on April 19, 2023
(Image credit: David Murphy/YouTube)

Alt-rock titans Wilco aren't exactly a jam band, even if they sometimes get lumped into that category, and have significant fan overlap with the Grateful Dead. 

Impossible Germany – a standout cut from their 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky – however, is a song where they really get to stretch out. A longtime fan favorite, it features an extended guitar solo from Nels Cline that to this day stands as one of the most scintillating guitar moments in the band's discography.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.