Most Talented Blues Guitarists

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21 Jeff Beck 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.

One of the greatest Guitar Players

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22 Robin Trower


So overlooked &under appreciated

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

Day of the Eagle one of the greatest energized songs ever.

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23 Johnny Winter Johnny Winter

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!

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24 Freddie 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.

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

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25 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!

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26 T-Bone Walker

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.

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27 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!

Nobody better than Pete.

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28 Bonnie Raitt

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.

29 Chris Duarte

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 the best blues guitarist of all time!

One of the best, truly underrated, a must see live!

Best live show ever!

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30 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"

31 Blind William Jefferson

Blind lemon Jefferson was a big influence in Texas blues

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

33 Wolf Mail

A modern guitar wizard and future blues legend.

34 Lightnin' Hopkins

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.

Listen to Hopkins post WWII electric guitar boogies and you will hear the the blueprint to rock n roll

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

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!

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36 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.

Man I saw this guys this past weekend, I was just searching for more stuff from him. He is an incredible player. You can hear many different players in his playing SRV, Hendrix, BB, Albert Collins, Albert King, Jeff Beck, Clapton even some Eric Gales, Eric Johnson, Richie Kotzen, Andy Timmons he really is a great player and can play just about any genre. I highly recommend checking him out if you get the chance. He has many shows coming up n the New England Area ( NH - Mass - Maine ).

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37 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks

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.

Derek trucks for the top

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38 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.

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39 Walter Trout

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

Top 3 with no question!

Seen Walter trout twice and each time he tore the place apart. Tony vass (ex drummer of the sixties)

Walter plays so tasty and his tone is awesome. I bought his latest CD which is great. I like the song Willie which is a story about Walters ex-manger who ripped him off. He needs to know that karma is a bitch.

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40 Jeff Healey

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

Just awesome. Saw him at crossroads (1990) with Clapton.
Tremendously talented BLUES guitarist. RIP Mr. Healey, you are missed. Jeff Healey belongs on this list!

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