Most Underrated Blues Guitarists

The Top Ten

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

The best I've ever seen.

2 Roy Buchanan

Played with only feeling. Technique was just a tool to get the feel out.

"The greatest guitar player you never heard of." The man who invented the "pinch."

3 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.
4 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.

Underrated?! Wasn't he given the accolade as "King of Slide Guitar" and "Most Influential Blues Guitarist"? - Britgirl

5 Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
6 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.
7 Dan Auerbach Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.

Dan Auerbach, is one of the best guitarist I have ever seen, huge variety of sounds and styles he can provide with 100% enthusiasm and his feelings for music are enormous. I feel very fond of him, he is my huge and important motivator and practically a role model for me when it comes to music. Not mentioning the fact Dan and The Black keys sound so good live...

8 T-Bone Walker
9 Michael Bloomfield

Check out "Work Song" (studio) with Butterfield Blues Band for a seminar in fusion guitar. Elvin Bishop no slouch on this cut, either.

My favourite radio station had never played this (Work Song) until last night. Amazing guitarist. But I still prefer Paul on harp. - Britgirl

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

Johnny should be mentioned in the same breath as Jimi. Yes he was that good

The best, hands down! He was amazing! None better with the slide.

The Contenders

11 Lonnie Mack Lonnie McIntosh, better known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was an American Texas-blues guitarist who had influenced the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan. He died on April 21, 2016.
12 Jimmie Vaughan
13 James Pitts

Great player, puts on a hell of a show too. - roundsound

Incredible player! - roundsound

14 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.

My god.. 18th. This speaks volumes to just how unknown/underrated he was/is

Need Your Love So Bad.

15 Gary Clark Jr. Gary Lee Clark Jr. is an American musician from Austin, Texas. He is best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop.
16 Albert Cummings
17 Ry Cooder
18 Luther Allison
19 Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
20 George Thorogood
21 Elvin Bishop
22 Dan Patlansky
23 Hubert Smulin
24 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".
25 Keith Richards Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

Five words and one very good reason why I added him: I Can't Quit You Baby. - Britgirl

26 Walter Trout
27 Lead Belly
28 Jimmy Thackery

Blues 'Fore Dawn. Wow! - Britgirl

29 Jerry Garcia Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.
30 Ace Moreland

He was a cool dude with some great songs

31 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.
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