It’s my opinion that Duane Allman and his blues slide playing is unmatched. What about Samantha Fish, Alvin Lee, Mike Zito? His rough-edged, slightly fearsome musical style is often contrasted with the less crude but still powerful presentation of his contemporary rival, Muddy Waters. Much of Hopkins' music follows the standard 12-bar blues template but his phrasing was very free and loose. Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. One of the all time greats. He added rhythmic accompaniment by tapping or slapping the body of his guitar. He was definitely great, but I don’t feel he contributed enough to music to be on this list of the best and most influential blues guitarists. I play and could only wish i wish one tenth as good as these guys. Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter… should have made the list, Totally agree with you and others that Duane Allman is missing. In ’98 he was the best he ever sounded. James played a wide variety of blues often crossing into other styles of music, similar to that of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and some of B. Also, “Hustled Down To Texas,” “Check Out Her Mama” (very entertaining lyrics), and Winter’s cover of the Stones’ “Let It Bleed.”, he gave muddy waters a second career…..its muddy waters bro….he doesn’t need any help from johnny winter….that’d be like saying john mayer gave the stones a second career. Albert Collins? But when JW was healthy, his playing was fluid and lightening fast. Personally I’d add Blind Willie McTell and Blind Blake =), Mike Bloomfield was playing with Muddy as a teen. true that. His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced generations of musicians. Credit for the success of Howlin' Wolf should also be given to his guitarist and Blues Foundation Hall of Fame inductee, Hubert Sumlin. Easily the most-influential of all early Blues guitarists (on other Blues guitarists that followed). . countless guitarists and cock-rockers might not have been (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lenny Kravitz, even Miles Davis owes him), but most of all, without Experienced, there'd be … how about mick taylor,alvin lee,peter green, johnny winter? three of my top five are not even on the list…….. Nice list – another 20 added to the list might help. William Rory Gallagher (2 March 1948 – 14 June 1995) was an Irish blues-rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter. Subscribe for just 99¢. However, in my opinion, Duane took slide playing to a level no one was doing at the time. “Wouldn’t know blues if it bit him on the arse” . “Albatross” was actually a huge hit in England and even topped the Beatles in their hey day. Listen to Mike Bloomfield’s “Altar Blues” where he sings/lists a large number of guitarists and folks who influenced him. Listen to Robert Johnson songs on Amazon >>. Led Zeppelin admitted “Black Dog” was modeled after “Oh Well”. Just as good as Clapton and maybe even better in my opinion. Anyhow, I just found a great performance from here, check it out. Hi ..so many great guitarists.. all good choices and ;lets face it.. everyone has a unique ear for music. Played with Joe Bonomasa one time that can be found on YouTube. Reed was an electric blues guitarist, as opposed to the more acoustic-based sound of many of his contemporaries. He will never be forgotten. GUITAR SLIM? Kenny Wayne shepherd plays well, but he’s a Stevie ray wannabe clone. The beauty of it all is that Blues guitarists don’t seem to care which one of them goes above another on any kind of the list. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, and Elmore James. Johnny Winter was one of the best bluesmen. ☹. Gary Moore His lazy, slack-jawed singing, piercing harmonica and hypnotic guitar patterns are one of the blues' most easily identifiable sounds even today. Subscribe for just 99¢. In the article I had read about him it said that he was either Stevie Ray Vaughan reincarnated or God had just come down and decided to play through his body. If he add Trucks he should add John Mayer as well, John Mayall was who influenced Clapton and others, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks. A choice selection from one of the most influential catalogues in independent music… (Image credit: Gary Malerba/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Art-rock noiseniks Sonic Youth emerged from New York’s No Wave scene in the mid-1980 but belonged to no such convenient pigeonhole. King 3 Jimi Hendrix 4 Curtiss Lowe 5 Freddytexas cannonball King you can’t forget Muddy Waters Buddy Guy Eric Clapton Rory Gallagher just to name a few. The reason I didn’t put her on this list is that she was the mother of Rock, not really blues. first off, because a “best…” / “most influential…” list is subjective, like you said. Slim Harpo? You have 2 free articles left. Got to include Freddie King, Duane Allman, and Jeff Beck (Jeff Beck Group period). Despite this, many have called him the greatest British blues player of all time. Who is the guitarist his peers was speaking of? I don’t know ask Rory Gallagher. To me I want to listen to it all. Credited with “inventing” the guitar solo. Blues can be split into several subgenres as well, best known perhaps are the Delta, Piedmont, Jump and Chicago blues styles. This man is second on my list behind Hendrix. Listen to Mississippi John Hurt songs on Amazon >>. Rob Verhorst—Redferns/Getty Images. i doont know about major influence but Billy Gibbons and his boys Dusty Hill and Frank Beard (ZZ TOP) all have one of the best blues sounds ive heard. But I can be convinced. A hugely influential axe god who bridged the divide between jazz and rock, Coryell will forever be remembered as one of the best jazz guitarists to ever pick up the instrument. While you read, play this to get you into the mood: And if you get the sudden urge to listen to some more blues, go ahead and check out my favorite blues albums: Huddie William Ledbetter (January 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an iconic American folk and blues musician, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the 12-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. Gary Moore, always overlooked Give me a break! Nice list. Johnson's songs, vocal phrasing, and guitar style have influenced a broad range of musicians; Eric Clapton has called Johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived". I guess Richie Blackmore… One of the most influential. Johnny Copeland, Shemeka Copeland, Ruthie Foster, Samantha Fish, Gary Clark Jr, Joe Bonamassas, Rhianna Giddens, Danielle Nicole, Dana Fuchs, Anthony Gomes, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Alabama Shakes, Ida Mae, Larkin Poe, Ana Popovic and so on. SONNY LANDRETH. Not surprising either, BB King is a bonafide blues icon who is one of the genres most influential names, and his iconic style can still be felt in music today. The master of the telecaster! The first time I heard him was in Austin, Texas. hope you enjoy his playing as much as i do :). There are many more. Any legitimate list of the greatest and most influential blues guitar players would include Freddie King. I was and still am on the fence about Peter Green. I do think Albert King would be a good addition…. His guitar slinging is choice., Joe B is a magnificent person and musician. A list of “top” blues guitarists without Charlie Patton? Jimmy Page has influenced several popular guitarists. Hopkins' style was born from spending many hours playing without a backing band. Ever since the end of the 19th century when the African-American communities of the Southern US started playing and singing the blues, it has affected and shaped other musical genres as well, including Jazz and Rock and Roll. And when Hendrix was asked after Woodstock how it felt to be the greatest guitar player in the world, his response. TheGuitarLesson.com, created by Tom Fontana, is dedicated to bringing the highest quality guitar tutorials to beginner guitarists. Just listen to his recording of Hot Fingers. Blues guitar is one of the most influential guitar genres, therefore the best blues guitarists had a significant impact and influence on our music today. The slide work on Mountain Jam will bring tears to your eyes. Otis Rush? I’m certainly no expert, but a great one and an influential stylist was Lonnie Johnson. Maybe not the top but his work covers lots of blues and influences from Howlin Wolf and a few that also should be ranked ie Clarence Gatemouth Brown. His first love was jazz. Pretty good list… I like that you include some of the early great like Mississippi John and Reverend Gary…. thanks. There are some great independent blues artist out there right now. Regarded by Eric Clapton as the greatest slide guitarist ever. If I gotta tell u then u dont know guitars! Initially playing acoustic and electric guitar, he started singing and later using a brace for his harmonica, Gallagher learned to play slide guitar, using a plectrum and metal slide on his smallest finger. Any list of best guitarists will undoubtedly feature this great within their top 10, or they're wrong. There are so many great ones, but these are just a few of my favorites. Listen to Jimi Hendrix songs on Amazon >>. Roy Buchanan. Please try again later. 5 Otis Rush. I agree with his own peers: Jimi Hendrix, while a great guitarist was a psychedelic rock and roller. But because of the names on this list. Good list on its own. My top 10 is: You have to remember to these old blues artist flat out lived the blues. You can unsubscribe at any time. I can’t believe that u know ALL that, an dint mention Dwayne Allman ???????. where is he GuitarTricks review 1 Albert King Actually the last I heard he was living in Central Lake, Michigan and hasn’t gotten any better health wise. He was ranked #47 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He played both alternating and monotonic bass styles incorporating imaginative, often chromatic turnarounds and single note lead lines. Muddy was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. They all give a nod to those who came before them. And to moden blues men who are just as talented Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Gales, Derek Trucks, Jonny Lang, Melvin Taylor, Jason Barwick , Zac Harmon I could go on! Leaving Freddie King off a list like this is just about unthinkable. He had to be lead out to the microphone, one bandmate on each arm as he shuffled in tiny steps. I don’t know much about him, but you might be right. Some like his music, some don’t, but I can’t make a case for seeing him as one of the “most influential blues guitarists”, which is what this post is about. Why do you think Green belongs on this list? Big Bill Broonzy was better than Leadbelly IMO. Give it 20 more years though, he’ll probably get there . Bring them together and let them show off their chops. James often played his guitar with an open D-minor tuning (DADFAD). Certainly, one of the great blues guitarist of our time. 5: Slash (Guns n’ Roses, Slash) Jimi is known as one of the best, if not the best, and most influential electric guitarist in popular music. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. But he and his songs are the reason ABB continued to live and thrive, and his bluesy/country guitar floats my boat. How can a list of the greatest blues guitarist not include Joe Bonamassa? a really good and accurate list. Subscribe for just 99¢. Bonamassa is an excellent guitarist, but he’s made his bones imitating every guitar legend out there. By signing up you are agreeing to our, How We Can Learn to Live with COVID-19 After Vaccinations. I would have included Mick Taylor someplace on the list. Mike. This omission must be an oversight. Or check out Alvin Lee ” The Bluest Blues” on You Tube. Of course Santana used Green’s influence in many of their songs including their biggest hit. Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Willie McKellen should definitely be listed. Clapton is the only person who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. His history is interesting. RIP, Johnny. He opened for BB King when he was 12 years old. Lol maybe cause you’re dumb. Thanks for your comment Vince. 4: Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Check this guy out Billy strings on YouTube. I am soooo tired of Johnny Winter being left off greatest lists. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest guitarists of all time, Jimmy Page was ranked third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, up and coming hard…Sturgil Simpson. Then use the proceeds to teach and support the independent blues artists. Thanks. His catalogue can be repetitive, but jump blues wouldn’t be the same without him. The last thing I read was that he had come down with a serious illness, I think he would be about 36 now. Agreed. I could go on and on. Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer and musician. Fastest damn blues/rock guitarist I’ve ever heard. i digress :). Best online guitar lessons. He also used very unorthodox tunings (i.e., tuning as low as C to allow him to make sweeping string bends). A seminal Delta blues figure, he remains influential today. John Hurt (July 3, 1893 — November 2, 1966) was an influential country blues singer and guitarist. Teach yourself guitar Through creating fun and engaging guitar lessons, we aim to spread our love of the guitar to as many new players as possible. Tami, I agree. During the mid-'70s, Green was diagnosed with psychiatric problems, which broke his career in half. U know ZZ top made millions doing nothing but copying Magic Sam…. Required fields are marked *. Do you know who I’m talking about? He smokes all the genres, and if he is not now, he will be one of the most influential guitar players. Clapton said Freddie was the first blues player he tried to copy. I wish a lot of times best would be left off of these articles. Anybody ever heard of Guthrie Trapp? Have you ever heard anybody saying, "I've got the blues"? Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988) was an American blues singer and guitarist. I’ve heard about every blues guitarist that’s available for listening, and they don’t even measure up. He was actually the first blues musician to use an electric guitar. My list would include the sadly ignored Peter Green, Otis Rush, Freddie King and Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Can someone tell me what guitar Muddy waters is playing in the picture above? Jeff Beck 4 2. you are on the velvet moon. I like R.L. It cannot be explained. I would rank Frank Zappa somewhere here. Because anything since Elvis would not be here without a lot of the names on here. Glad to see Rory Gallagher, but Peter Green’s ommission is inexcusable. Elmore  Brooks (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist, singer, song writer and band leader. Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. I know there are lots who’d say Betts only rates honorable mention. If he wouldn’t have had the psychiatric problems, he probably would have taken things much further. I can’t believe Joe Bonamassa is better than all those other guys that’s insane. Jamplay review He was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and #53 on their list of the "Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Please look up how many blues guitarists/ rock guitarists/ bands even freaking pop guitar players that Clapton has influenced and then come back here *EDITED. King, Freddy King, SRV, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy -just to name a few. Listening to some of this material and reading up on him now, he probably should be on this list. King (September 16, 1925 - May 15, 2015) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and guitar playing. And I think that they would agree. 6: David Howell Evans a.k.a. The Edge (U2) He was an extraordinary blues musician. Muddy headed to England in 1958 and shocked audiences with his loud, amplified electric guitar and thunderous beat. Joe bonamassa absolutely should be on the list. Oh, and I think he may be the most beautiful man I have ever seen. B.B. On “All Over Again” he made that guitar speak what his soul was feeling. Music affects our mood, mindset, and everything about us, therefore these influential blues guitarists shaped society as well. Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis, (April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972) was a blues and gospel singer and guitarist who was also proficient on the banjo and harmonica. sure he was accused of plagarism, maybe it was a tribute to all the blues guitarists he formed his style after. Though that was over a decade ago. Queen Latifah. Nonetheless, he was distinguished by his guitar's more powerful sound, which was interestingly a modified, hollow body traditional acoustic guitar, which sounded like the more modern solid-body guitars. Sorry for spelling errors. All rock n roll guitar players from todays biggest bands: Jimmy Page (Zepplin) to Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) to Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), to Jack White (White Stipes) Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), or Joe Perry (Aeromsith)! All of these blues artists in this list are the best. On the ‘most influential’ side, the list has to include Mississippi Fred McDowell. Listen to his solo for “I’ve got a mind to give up living.” If you are not convinced it is a lost cause. Hurt's influence spanned several music genres including blues, country, bluegrass, folk and contemporary rock and roll. Stevie Ray Vaughn I always come across a new name and learn a little more about the blues. Good marketing strategy but he really hasn’t added anything original to the Blues lexicon. Still around. You have reached your limit of 4 free articles. And Charlie Patton – father of the Delta Blues. Curtiss Lowe was a real real good blues guitar player and I think Stevie Ray Vaughn should be in the top 5 at least with Bb King and Freddy King and Jimi Hendrix and I think in this order 1 Stevie Ray Vaughn 2 B.B. have a good one. The guitar is the Guild Thunderbird of the mid sixties, also prominent on the cover of his”electric mud” album,… it’s not related to the Gibson Thunderbird Bass,and was known as “the melted Hershey bar”for its odd shape… reproductions are currently on the market..it was vaguely influenced by the Bo Diddley customs by Gretsch,and the electronics are pretty much the same as the FenderJazzmaster…it didn’t sell well originally, which makes you wonder why they reintroduced it!?! Listen to John Lee Hooker songs on Amazon >>. Magazines, Digital One of the great things about a list like this is it widens your horizon. Derek Trucks is pretty special now, Modern Blues prodigy Joe Bonamassa…played with all the “Kings” as a child.., Perhaps Gary Moore (RIP God bless you) was just an oversite. Johnny Winter can play the blues any way imaginable to pe I totally agree, however, Joe is fairly recent to the mix. No pun intended. Never self marketed himself. I’m not sure if he’s any relation to Stevie Ray. Magic Sam? Magic SaM? Earl Hooker? Where in the f*** is Skydog? I wish someone out there would put on some cutting head shows . His blues style was influenced by many blues guitarists. I wish everybody could hear him. Allman actually said Betts was better. Jorma Kaukonen…granted he’s from Mars, but he’s gotta be up there with the best of ’em ! Nonetheless, I’m putting in my two cents. Keep the blues alive all the names mention above are the best every single one, There has to be a mistake. He is sharing blues all over the map, so is Samantha Fish and Clapton. the most influential blues guitar players man He also became proficient on the alto saxophone, bass, mandolin, banjo, and the coral sitar, utilizing a glass slide made from an American Coricidian bottle on his electric guitars, instead of the metal slide. No Magic Sam? Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend. His own unique genre of the blues often incorporated the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm. 2 Albert Collins This one always gets short shrift since it’s on the same album as the undeniably amazing power-ballad Sister Christian, but good ol’ Ranger perfectly captured the plastic-fantastic mall-crawling faux-fun of mainstream 80’s America on this one.Night Ranger was never cool, and neither is this song, really, but not everybody was cool back then. Blues is an independent entity and thank the Lord for that. Gary Moore (RIP) never gets his dues. Every song they played was a slower tune, but he still couldn’t keep up with the band. Nice to see this list do so also. I particularly liked your inclusion of Jimmy Reed, who was not even close to the class of Buddy Guy or B. Check it!! James's 1931 work is considered idiosyncratic among pre-war blues recordings and formed the basis of his reputation as a musician. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of … You have a limited number of free articles. To me influential and pioneers are more important. It must be lived and felt! The genre itself is too pure and filled with powerful feel to focus on minor things like this. Yeah, he can’t make this list, but it’s awesome that he is influencing and motivating you, and probably many other people as well, to play the blues. She was an amazing musician for sure, influenced the future of music. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music." OK, enough trying to explain…just listen to the Allman Brothers “Live at Fillmore East” and the leftovers from the concerts on “Eat A Peach”. John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born near Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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