Most Talented Blues Guitarists

The Top Ten Most Talented Blues Guitarists

1 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and more.

The most incredible player ever. My vote SRV is #1 Blues and Blues Rock Guitarist!

I've been waiting for the next great guitarist since SRV passed in 1990. Many fantastic technicians have come along, fewer still who play with true soul, but no one has come close to fusing the two with that immeasurable something extra Stevie had. His emotionally sensitive ferocity is unique in the annals of electric blues rock playing, possibly music history in general. He could simultaneously make your spine tingle, drop you to your knees, and bring you to tears in the same tune. There seemed to be an infinite supply of devastating licks and musical concepts he pulled from as easily as breathing. Imagine what he would have produced these last 25 years, as he had yet to reach his peak. Imagine him on stage with Hendrix. Rave on Stevie, and God bless

Truly a tragic loss. He had charisma, a deep sensitivity for his music and at the same time a wild flare matched only by Hendrix. He achieved so much during his short stay with us. RIP SRV.

I agree with this simulation of Stevie Ray Vaughn, he just so happens to be my favorite blues guitar player on all my favorites list. I think that Kenny Wayne Shepard is possibly the closest link to his style and way of playing that I have listened to that can compete with him. I love to listen to both of them and the way Kenny Wayne Shepard is progressing these days at his still very young age we can expect many good things to come from him in the future.

2 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Face it. Vaughan and Hendrix are dead. As in gone. Bye bye. And while they were with us they played only one style of guitar. Ever. Clapton has been with us half a century, is still with us, is still evolving and has mastered every style he encountered including reggae, acid rock, delta blues, gospel, bluegrass, southern rock... the list keeps getting longer. Nobody has EVER done that before. I doubt anyone ever will again.

Tough list but Clapton first... And I don't see Muddy Waters, David Gilmour, Joe Bonamassa, Dwayne Allman... Come on. Jimmy Page? Gimme a break... Most overrated guitarist ever.

Best guitarist. Perfect solos, excellent technique. I do not think Jimi Hendrix is better than him. Best blues guitarist.

Stop rigging these lists. The comments on Clapton's section have +40 likes and the comments on Stevie's section have 0 like and yet Stevie has 15% of the vote while Clapton only has 9%? This list is obviously rigged, Clapton is first.

3 Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.

Johnson is the best simply because EVERYONE tried to play like him but settled on their own style when they failed..Many ended up pretty damn good

He 'invented' the blues. His guitar playing was so revolutionary for that time that generations of guitarists strived to immitate him with varing success.

An innovator at a time when there was less information and it was much more difficult to excel in the manner Johnson did. This is why he is considered "ahead of his time".

I personally think that Johnson is overrated. He had innovative songwriting, but his guitar playing wasn't as challenging as it sounded. - Caleb9000

4 BB King

At the time I right this 'comment' I can tell you B. B king is 47th. That will NOT do. If you were to ask competent gifted and phenomenal guitarists such as Buddy guy, eric clapton, stevie ray vaughn(RIP) or even modern artists such as joe bonamasa. Ask anyone who there key influence was I can tell you they will say BB king. His elegance and unique tone was unbeatable, still is. To paraphrase jimmy vaughn 'everyone is trying to work out what BB king did and we are ALL trying to sound like him' BB king, is THE KING OF BLUES. It is an embarrassment that The king is so low. Blues artists would be ashamed, buddy guy, clapton or vaughns would all be let down or annoyed. The king is a legend

Made just as huge impact on blues as Albert King. A true legend that can't be replaced. Hard to say which one of them is better guitarist they are both legends.

Ask any blues legend to come after him, they will admit that B. B is their influence and what blues guitar is all about. He is the king of blues.

BB King turns the guitar into a voice. So distinctive that in a note or two it could only be BB King.

5 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

My favorite one... Technically amazing, unbelievable feeling and plenty of domination of music, production, band playing and others. All this put together with some incredible vocals. He is just a legend!
Respect his place on this rank, 4th is pretty fair, even more with the three ahead being SRV, Clapton and the king of Delta Blues. But for me, he is the number one.

His tone, expression, accuracy, speed, dynamics and versatility puts him at #1 for sure. If you're in doubt, listen to his version of "Blues Deluxe". Yes, the other players on this list are all incredible, but Joe is one step above.

Joe is so versatile with his music, from Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall and everything in between. Best guitarist I've seen live and that list is pretty long with legends included.

The "King" -- Long live the King. WIll be considered without peer, the best of all time when he's done.

6 Buddy Guy George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Buddy Guy is at the pinnacle of Chicago blues, with enough technique to outpace many of the older blues masters but vastly more soul in his playing than the contemporary style-over-substance figures who play an altogether too large role on this list.

Simply the essence of blues. The greats of Britain as well as many guitarists from American(such as Hendrix) owe this guy big time. - cruciel

Buddy invented the electric blues! BB King and Muddy Waters were his idols and predecessors, but no one else played with the volcanic intensity he did right through the 60's, 70's and 80's through to today! To mention the others on this list without Buddy leading this list is laughable! Now, at 78, Buddy plays and sings as intensely as he ever did. Long live Buddy Guy!

Isn't it odd that Buddy Guy is the only black blues artist on the list? In fact all the others should be called "contemporary" blues artist. Guy is the only true blues guitarist on the list. You missed a bunch of great ones...

7 Albert King Albert King Nelson, known professionally as Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing.

Extraordinary guitarist and a master of a single string solos. His bends and vibratos had a huge impact on generations after him. For example SRV to just name a few.
Extraordinary voice as well. Also my personal favourite.

He is the best I've ever heard... Hands down

Solos are incredible listen to ill play the blues for you

8th on this stupid list? You should all be ashamed.

8 Elmore James Elmore James was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader. He was known as "King of the Slide Guitar" and was noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice.

Let's see here. What rock n roll player who also plays good blues on this list before this man... Did not idolize him, and play his tunes?. The Sky is crying... Albert K and Stevie Ray. Bleeding Heart Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix had called himself "Jimi James at one point." Come on... Folks put away yer rock hats and put on yer Madison Blue Shoes...

Greatest slide player of all time.

9 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

Best guitarist ever, not just in blues but in everything. No one ever came close to replicating his style or writing blues and rock the way Hendrix did. Every note just filled itself with emotion, while innovation was greater than all other guitarists. He invented the classic distorted guitar sound while keeping his original the best. He created rhythms baselines and melodies all at the same time playing fast paced but still loyal to the blues tradition. Essentially every electric guitarist after him was influenced by him and respected him. Heal so respected all those before him, performing everything from Muddy Waters to Chuck Berry to Eric Clapton in his live shows. Woodstock and Monterey Pop were some of the greatest shows ever. Also those psychadelic posters of him make him look divine. RIP to the greatest guitar god

As far as pure talent on/off stage goes in any genre of music he is super human no doubt. He created his own music by converting traditional blues into rock which was then enjoyed by generations of rock and hard rock fans all over the world.

Jimi scared Clapton with his guitar playing. He freaked out a lot of people. Who else has really made that much of an impact? So he should be ahead of E.C. in this poll. Stevie got a lot of his chops from listening to Hendrix and other guitarists. The three I just mentioned turned the world on it's ear. Joe Bonamassa is no doubt very skilled at what he does, but is a product of these three. He is not an innovator or originator of anything, but is a great technical guitarist. However, Hendrix did more than just Blues. He was the most innovative and mind blowing guitarists of all time. The best? No such thing, but I'd put him at the top of this list!

He scared Clapton...? Clapton was the reason he was and still is so famous - BrianScott01

SRV, Bonamassa and Clapton before Hendrix? Are you people high on rotten magic mushrooms? All 3 of them owe a debt to Hendrix, were inspired by Hendrix and covered more than a few of his songs. Bonamassa while an electrifying and technically proficient guitarist actually brought nothing new to the blues table except for maybe wobble heads, mugs, hoodies and more self promoting merchandise... Owns a ton of vintage gear and then make them all sound the same through his rig...

I hate people like you who just instantly assume every guitarist was inspired by Hendrix. Reality check : Clapton was around before him. - guyritchi

10 Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".

The absolute king of blues!

I don't care what anyone says this man is my idol! Love to sit back an turn up the volume an just listen to his music! The earliest music has the soul of a poor hungry blues mantryin to make it! Hen you have the hoochiecoochie man! I just love Muddy Water music! 😉

The Contenders

11 Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

Rory Gallagher was and is the most versatile rock, blues, folk guitarist of the last 50 years. Shadowed by the other greats Page, Clapton, Beck,Santana and Peter Green, Rory played music not the media.

The greatest loss for this style of music in 1995. RIP Rory- Thank you for the music.

Rory was on a whole different level for his time. Ultimately one of the greatest slide players in my opinion but the mix of his style and vocals was always something to be in awe over. He'd always sneak a note in that'd match what he was singing truly showing that the two went hand in hand but ultimately his tone was by far one of the best. Almost always equiped with his 61 strat, a Vox AC30, and the occasional Uni-Vibe he truly had a sound like no other. Taken away from us a bit too soon but definitely left his mark on the world. Thank you Rory, you were truly inspiring.

I'd put Rory Gallagher at the number 2 spot personally...He was a way better guitar player than clapton. While Hendrix was a better guitar player, he really wasn't so much a blues I'm not even sure if I'd put him on that list. Joe Bonamassa even says on a youtube interview that he doesn't consider himself at Rory's level (when he was being interviewed where he got to play Rory's guitar at 2 london gigs), while he, clapton, slash, gary moore and many others were very influenced by Rory's playing style.

My vote goes to the late great Corby Yates (1981-2012). I've seen all the greats. Corby was self taught from age 6. No one in history Ever played blues/rock guitar with the continuous ferocity than he. His shirt was drenched withheld sweat after the first song. He was as mild mannered and humble as they come, but Corby coulda mopped the floor with SRV. If you don't believe me, buy the "Into Oblovion" cd. Admittedly, it is a dark album, as it turns out that Corby was a paranoid schizophrenic, which led to his early passing. But if you listen to the heart and intensity he pours into his insane solos (he was also the singer), I think you'll become an instant admirer and fan.

12 Jay Jesse Johnson

Merging the rock genre with the blues, Johnson has his own unique style and tone. It's blues based but he goes for it. Where others play it safe with same old riffs, Johnson digs in deep and creates a modern yet classic statement. Some say he's In the style of Trower, Travers and Marino and there is some truth to that but I think this guy stands up to some of the great guitarist of the world.

Been a fan of Jay's since the '80's when rock was his world; fast forward and Jay has matured into his own style of rock 'n blues. You can hear many of the great guitarist's influences in some of his music, but it is classic Jay Jesse Johnson's tone and inflection that comes through on every song. Hoping he will record his rendition of Over the Rainbow one of these days, as it is killer!

I have had the pleasure of listening to Jay perform his craft since the early 70's. His talent shines in everything he does. Very few can make you feel their music the way Jay does. Mirrored of Trower and Hendrix Jay's talent amazes. There are a lot of guitar players, but very few with talent at this level.

Jay Jesse Johnson music touches deep into my soul. He is and has his very own unique style but every now and then I hear...Roy Buchanan, Stevie Ray, Santana just touches of everything you love. I think Jay Jesse Johnson is a must see and one of the greatest guitarist I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

13 Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

Personally I think Gary Moore is #1
For my preferred taste.
I have a vast collection of Rock and blues.
Including all albums by Joe Bonamassa.
But for tone /precision and sheer musicality Gary Moore is the main man for rocking blues.
And let's face it, Joe Bonamassa was pretty much unheard of until Gary Moore passed.
Joe Bonamassa is amazing
But in my humble opinion he is still lacking a bit of soul and the feel in his playing to take
#1 spot.

Gary Moore is definitely the best blues guitarist of all time - even Joe Bonamassa actually acknowledged his main influence was Moore in a video on youtube. I'm surprised he not in the top 5... As or other styles he could play them all - his prog rock with Coloseum 2 was superb. You have ti remember that Moore was around from the late 60s doing this thing and he was considered one of the best guitarists in the UK at that time too - even Peter Green agreed with that - so all the ones that came after were at least a little influenced by him. I know I was hugely influenced by Moore when I started playing in 1980, but for his metal stuff. He brilliant a so many genres he must be in line for one of the best of all time overall, let alone just blues. RIP Gary

The reason Gary Moore wasn't number one is because not that many people ever heard him play. I've heard all these players, Stevie Ray could come close, and maybe Bonamassa too, but unless you listen to everything he has done, you won't agree. He didn't just play blues, he played psychedelic and progressive rock with Skid Row, In Colossium II he played progressive rock-jazz fusion with some of his very best guitar work, then to Thin Lizzy and solo albums with just good heavy metal rock out, and finally grasped on to the blues. With Albert Collins "Live At MontrenX" the best Blues I've ever heard and a great Texas Strut tribute to Stevie. His licks aren't just fast and clean but with real feeling and soul.

I'd vote either Gary Moore or Joe Bonamassa number one for their sheer versatility, tasty improv ideas and technical ability. Love Clapton, Stevie Ray and Hendrix, but they simply cannot compare to these two. The Kings were, well, KINGS, but again, not as fluent. Maybe Rory Gallagher or Roy Buchanan could make a case, but only in top 5.

14 John Lee Hooker

A great blues guitarist and singer. Played by his own rules and unique as a result.

The Godfather of the Blues!

Was truly a genius.

His rhythm guitar, I’ve never heard another musician play blues rhythm guitar as well!

15 Roy Buchanan

Anybody who is a real blues fan will know who Roy Buchanan is. he is the worlds greatest unknown blues guitarist as said by Rolling Stone. Just listen to some tracks like When a guitat plays the blues, his cover of Hey Joe and so many others. His guitar playing will put you in a trance.

I was just awe struck. Roy's music had me mesmerized for days after I first heard it. Made me want more. Too bad he died the way he did. I believe his death was a coverup. What do you think? The world was robbed of a great musician.

Roy was incredible live - Roy's Bluz, I'm Evil, The Messiah Will Come Again - had as much fireworks as a Hendrix or SRV. Definitely his older stuff was better and I especially liked that he was straight Telecaster and amp. His record "Second Album" is one of the best ever - Side 1 is a must listen - for me "5 String Blues" is electric blues guitar perfection (and he played most of it with only 5 strings! ).


16 Blind William Jefferson

Blind lemon Jefferson was a big influence in Texas blues

17 Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

This guy is my all time favorite guitar player. He was as good at blues as any other blues guitarist and better. Listen to songs like Since I've been loving you, Traveling Riverside Blues, When the Levee Breaks, In my time of Dying and I can't Quit you baby and you will see what I'm talking about.

enough said

Even though he covered those old songs. Still he invented new techniques for playing it. Created heavier songs than the original songs. Greatly used hard rock and blues. - zxm

Most definitely, the best blues guitar god!
He can do any song of any guitarist.
Clapton doesn't come close.
Not that clapton isn't awesome. You know what I'm saying.

My opinion is you. Only the best blues guitarist in the world but the best all-round guitarist in the world. He can play just about any type of music.

18 Otis Rush

Me thinks this is a rock n roll guys who like or rate blues deal. Do not get me wrong. Love Stevie Ray. I would not have ever been bitten by the blues bug if it were not for Jimi Hendrix... Whose playing sent me on a search for more blues after he died and 70's rock got goofy and glam... But Otis Rush... Searing and biting sounds... Come on folks!

Ain't enough (votes) coming in.

19 David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

David should be in the top ten. He has one of the greatest guitar solos of all time in Comfortably Numb. When you hear him play you know right away it's him.

Pink Floyd are not blues but David Gilmour is a blues guitarist who uses blues licks and scales in his and Pink Floyd songs. Some of the songs where he uses blues scales and licks: Wish You Were Here's riff is in a blues scale, Another Brick In The Wall Pt 2's blues-like guitar solo, he also uses some blues licks in Shine On. etc - BrianScott01

He may nott be as blues as Stevie, but he is sure as hell more blues then Page

The best.

20 Peter Green Peter Green is a British blues rock guitarist. As the founder of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Peter Green is the best blues guitarist of all time.

The truth will always come out in the end.
I am sure someone with a big following will bring his work to the light someday.
Peter is so underrated.

A lot of people in the music industry seem to have forgotten that he even existed, but far as I'm concerned he will always be number 1. Even fifty years on I never tire of hearing him play, or sing the blues. As Mick Fleetwood said "Don't forget the voice". He could make a guitar talk and bring you to tears by the feeling that he put into his playing. Just listen to "The Stumble", the sublime "Slabo day" or The Supernatural" and you might appreciate what I mean!

I can listen to this man play guitar over and over! Oh well part one and two blow me away every time. But the one true record that gets me is "i need your love so bad" his voice coupled with just simple expressice guitar playing is just breathtaking. I urge all walks of life to listen to this!

Listen to "The Stumble" live and realize the year it was recorded. He smoked almost everyone.

21 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee was an English singer and guitarist, best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the blues rock band Ten Years After.

WHY isn't he on the list

Should be top 10

Saw him with the Everly Brothers..was great should be in top 20!

Total Bad Ass!

22 T-Bone Walker

Listen to the entire T-Bone Blues album and you will IMMEDIATELY understand that T-Bone is the greatest and most influential blues guitarist of all time.

How is T-bone Walker not near the top of this list? He influenced nearly EVERY guitarist before him, either directly or indirectly. Hendrix learned how to play behind his neck by emulating him. Eric Clapton got his phrasing by emulating him. Stevie Ray and Albert King where also heavily influenced by him. And lets not forget to mention he was one of the first ones to pick up an electric guitar, which literally directly inspired BB King to start playing electric too.

T-bone. Awesome. And the world thought Jimi H was the first guy to play guitar behind his back or bite the strings with his teeth... Nope It was T bone. Love his "Two bones and a pick>"

23 Johnny Winter John Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Number 23...really? May not be the greatest ever but certainly worth top ten considerations. Saw him in concert about twenty years of the greatest concerts I have ever attended.

Great List. Rarely see Roy, Rory and Johnny in same top ten. Hard to argue with Clapton's longevity but Beano was his biggest moment.

Leland, Mississippi man with the blues in his hands. Cotton and Waters knew, why not you? Johnny Winter is the man.

Saw him when I was 15, saw him when I was 55...and a few times in between. Still my favourite!

24 John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

John Mayer should be on the top 10. Being dubbed as a "master guitar player" by Eric Clapton is the biggest compliment a guitarist could receive from a living legend.

The new generation. He doesn't have any associated sound, because he is capable of every style that all revolves around the blues influence. He is the most versatile and academic musician alive today. Anyone who doubts his indubitable capabilities, please just watch the 'Where The Light Is' DVD.

"Where The Light Is" is by far the best thing ever he did! Blues is definitely in Mayer's heart. He inspired me a lot and thanks to him I now know a lot of blues artists that I got really inspired by them as well

Probably the most mechanically gifted guitar player still playing right now. People deny him his props because they don't like his pop songs, or his personality, or they're jealous of the fact that he can get any girl he wants. But let me tell you if you've listened to "Where the Light is: Live in L.A." or if you've just seen him play live at all and you refuse to believe that he is an insanley gifted with a guitar in his hand, there's something wrong with you. The man is a stud.

25 Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

Duane Allman was just 24 years old when he died. What he left behind in just a few short years was nothing short of amazing. Of course we all know about his great guitar work with the Allman Brothers but people often forget about all of his session work with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and so on. That's without his contribution to Derek & The Dominoes "Layla & other assorted love songs". Raw, powerful, bluesy/rock bordering sometimes on jazz... How good he could have been we will never know!

Duane is not number one. Him and Dickey are #1. Here's why. They as a duo rewrote blues guitar. They showed the world that two guitarists when synchronized as one takes the whole definition of blues lead to whole new level. Never been matched since. Individually, it comes down to your choice since music is an art form. No problem. Combined, nothing has touched (before or after) the phrasing these two put together on the Live at Filmore album...and we haven't really thrown in that he rewrote the book on electric slide. Now I love SRV, cause I love the blues but Stevie's slide work reminds me of the slide work Fleetwood Mac played on their live Chicago album 20 years earlier.

I was a teenager when he died, just eight years or so younger than him. For the ensuing 42 years, I have listened to his work countless numbers of times and have lamented his untimely death. He was not a casualty of the excesses of the late sixties and early seventies, which makes his passing even more poignant. Damn, he was good, so good.

I just loved his work. We lost a real blues man the day he died. not a day goes by that I don't listen to him... Thank you Duane for all the memories

26 Freddie King Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He has been described as one of the "Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King.

He should be in the top 10! If you are a fan of Clapton and Peter Green's guitar work, then look no further.

One of the best blues guitarists of all time! Freddie should be top 5.

Thanks Freddie

REALLY, no one is posting this man's accolades. Flat assed awesome.

27 Albert Collins Albert Gene Drewery, known as Albert Collins and the Ice Man, was an American blues guitarist who was one of the most influential in the blues business. He was famously known for using a capo and alternate tunings.

Listen to him perform live in 1984, "Madison Blues" with George Thorogood and you'll put him #1

One Of The Best Ever Blues Guitarists Of all Time! Without A Doubt!

Un-sung, lesser known, but definitely one of the greats.

28 Chris Duarte

Chris Duarte is absolutely electric. His blues solos have so much energy and he just keeps on playing while fans watch and listen in amazement and joy.

Chris Duarte covers the full range of Texas Blues, and mixes in elements of jazz and progressive rock. He has a full range of phrasing and voicing that he weaves in and out of his compositions. More amazing LIVE than in the studio...

He is absolutely incredible Live. I have been fortunate enough to see Chris various times and he certainly ranks as one of the best you'll ever see. His intensity will wear you out.

He is the best blues guitarist of all time!

29 Gordy Pettipas

Pretty much an unknown but I saw him a few times and he is an amazing guitarist. His primary genre is blues but he does it all and he does it tastefully and with heart.

All I can say about Gordy is AWESOME. I saw him 4 times twice in Massachusetts once in Florida and once in Kansas. Great player and very humble down to earth guy.

For players that are currently out this guy is one of the best but there is very little footage of him and even less audio. Someone needs to pick this guy up.

Saw this guy playing guitar for "Ray Drew" the for guitarist for Bobby Blue Bland. He's an incredible player, very good.

I also saw him playing for Ray Drew he really made the show the night I saw them.

30 Robben Ford

As with previous posts... Just an amazing player with nice vocals! Recently saw him at an intimate venue in New Hampshire (Tupelo Music Hall). He is so connected with his music and plays with a lot of passion. You will not be disappointed when you see him. Tasteful with a lot of blues soul as it should be! Can easily play with the very best!

Very tasty, incorporates elements of jazz in the blues. Has a much better understanding of music than many blues guitarists. As Miles said: Why do you need another guitar player after Robben Ford...

Listen to the entire family band, The Ford Brothers. Music to the core when its all you've known since you were a kid. Those guys are connected right down to the blues bone.

Got turned on to this guy late in life... Depressing: I missed out on some great musicianship... Probably one of the most knowledgeable about music, and probably one of the most versatile, also... One of my favorite tunes? "lateral climb"... Check it out; it oze w/blues

31 Kenny Wayne Shepherd

I got to finally see Kenny live as part of the Experience Hendrix tour. Wow, quite impressive!

He gets a bad rap but he has become a super guitarist.

One of the best guitarists today. He can tear it up and get the house rocking...

Fantastic guitarist. Had a chance to see him and Kenny Wayne Shepeard in Reno. Most enjoyable night for Blues music. Pilot Skip"

32 Gary Clark, Jr.

Has no one heard of him? He's been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie ray Vaughan. He is the next king of the guitar. Anyone compared to those two legends are automatically amazing. Not to mention his vocals are great compared to today's music. Please look him up and get him higher on this list.

Gary clark jr can do it all, from his cover of third stone from the sun to his blues/hip hop song the life. How he can set up for don't owe you and thing with guitar, loop petal, bass drum on one foot and high hat on the other is amazing

Gary is amazing, the future of the blues right there

I have a friend who is convinced he's a better guitar player than Hendrix, and I can't entirely disagree with him. Gary Clark Jr. is just that good. For proof, listen to "Bright Lights" from the album "Gary Clark Jr. Live"

33 Pete Haycock

Phenomenal and totally underrated guitarist extraordinaire! I had the pleasure of seeing him with CBB numerous times up and down the east coast in the 70's (with my favorite probably @ the Spectrum in Philly) and was NEVER disappointed... Couldn't agree more about his slide playing either... Should be top 10 in both! Anyone whose ever played in a decent bar band would be hard pressed to disagree as well!

No question, Pete is a guitarist's guitarist, and his tasteful compositions and brilliant artistry should definitely cement his name amongst the Top 10! And among slide guitarists, he's definitely among the tops as well!

Pete is an amazing guitarist who hasn't had the recognition he deserves! He is a smooth and talented natural! I wish I could see more of his work these days!

Truly gifted, real sorry he parted ways with Climax Blues band.

34 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks is an American guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band. He became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999.

Wish the people who voted had listened to him first. Way to low!

Fantastic in his ability, creativity and maturity of playing. One of the greatest guitarists ever

How is he so low?!? Best blues guitar player alive and performing today.

Wonderfully gifted. Hauntingly reminiscent of Duane.

35 Jonny Lang Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.

I wouldn’t ever rank John Mayer or KWS above Jonny Lang; ever! Just saying! Besides, JM is more popular music than blues. Come on, now!

This kid grew up in Fargo and; about as far from Blues music as a person could be. He was playing blues licks at a younger age and at a higher level than just about anyone. It's as if a Blues guitar was genetically interwoven with his DNA.

Nasty! That's all I have to say about that!


36 Walter Trout

Walter is one of the greats. Please keep him in your prayers.

Top 3 with no question!

Straight to the top!

The best. No doubt.

37 Robin Trower

I've seen Robin Trower live many times and he is the only guitarist that I've seen capable of creating a level of play so complex that you're sure 2 or more guitars are at work. He is absolutely amazing at his craft!


So overlooked &under appreciated

Master of the perfect note and approach to the touch. Musically gifted like no other

38 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz.

He should be in a higher place damned... So stupid the people who didn't vote for him

Great and original latin rock and blues player, so much soulful sounds

This is where you lost me. $# Joke. Top 10 according to his peers. Like Dah!

Great guitarist but NOT blues.

39 Lightnin' Hopkins

As always, criminally underrated in this list. Frankly it is a joke seeing Clapton praised as the best blues guitar player while Po Lightnin' sits at the bottom. Lord have mercy...

Love his guitar picking style and deep voice, I could listen for hours and do!

The relaxed rhythmic Texas style of Samuel Lightning Hopkins precedes electric blues and speaks to what Billy Gibons of ZZ Top and other later Texas stylists accomplished after him.

Should be much higher and up there with Muddy Waters. Bring me my shotgun a great song.

40 Robert Cray

Love his songs and composition

Such an amazing live performer. Check out of this world for a couple hours when you see Robert.

Open your ears! Enough said.

41 Jeff Healey Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was a complete guitar player with so much talent there is no guitarist on this planet who was as good as this blind white boy he was my guitar hero and so underrated, blows the rest of the guitar players out of the window! Complete genius, just watch the jeff healey band live in London it will blow your mind.

Give Stevie a run for his money! Should have been in top 10

Way too low on this list

Jeff played with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. Srv was so happy playing with this kind chap. Jeff Healey was in the movie ROADHOUSE with Patrick Swayze.

42 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country.

Made blues cool again in late 80's and early 90's. Has influenced many of the great contemporary ladies of the blues:
Great background tunes for sex.

43 Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

One of the greatest Guitar Players

And he can build a car!

One of the greats...and no big ego nice guy!

44 Davy Knowles

Currently on tour with Rory Gallagher's old band. Just ask most of the players on this list.


45 Frank Marino

Clearly under rated... So under rated that I'm actually pleased to see that he's on the list at all... I've listened to most of the players on this list, and enjoy many of them, but with regards to covering all the territory, light clean picking to all out guitar screaming, overall musicality, Frank Marino has always stood alone, and still does... With the vocals and song writing to go with it...

Frank is one of the most underrated guitarists around. Whether he's playing traditiot blues or his lightning fast licks. Jimi was a strong influence on Frank, and I believe he took it to the next level. Frank has also influenced guitarist like Zakk Wylde with Blazing penatonic riffs. When Frank plays a live show it's for 3 or more hours! Check him out live or give him a listen. Check out his web site. Mahogany Rush com

One of the best rock and blues guitarists and musicians of all time

Frank Marino is Incredible! I've been listening to him for over 35 years!

46 Mike Bloomfield

How this man can play low down, crisp, dirty blues licks, is phenomenal. Lot of vey great guitarists. But Bloomfield always looked like he was in love with the music.

How in the world is Michael Bloomfield down at #68? BB King, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan (for starters) would not agree. If you don't know who he was, listen to Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, Paul Butterfield Blues Band or Super Sessions (Side 1) for starters. Or his guitar instructional CD's. An exceptionally gifted Blues guitar player who mastered every possible style but was a bluesman to the core.

Simply the best. That he is not in the top five is unbelievable - especially when the list is filled, not with pure blues men, but blues rockers. If it were strictly blues men, he might merit a top ten instead of top five placement. The man and his band the Butterfield Blues band practically
invented blues/rock. While English kids were doing respectable, reverential imitations of the masters, Bloomfield and Butterfield broke out a whole new form. in my opinion just one of the greats. As another poster commented BB King, Muddy Waters, Clapton, Dylan and you could add Santana and Johnny Winter to the list too, would simply not agree.

Lovely melodic tone.

47 Sue Foley

Like other women on the list original and should be higher.

48 Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

Blues in both guitar and lyrics

49 Ryan McGarvey

One of the finest young blues guitarists to come onto the scene in recent memory. This 27 year old from Albuquerque, New Mexico is a legend in the making. None other than blues rock titan Joe Bonamassa has said of McGarvey, "I think he's one of the great young guitar players in the world today" ~ Joe Bonamassa on Ryan McGarvey, Dallas, TX October 30, 2012

Awesome, he really brings it

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