Who are Your Top 3 Fav Blues Guitarists?

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  1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
    6 String Veteranposted 12 years ago

    Your Top 3 Fav Blues Guitarists (deceased artists included, of course).

    R+R guitarists get all the notoriety, yet their way was paved before them by scores of talented 6-stringers, only a handful of whom (Muddy Waters, BB King, Buddy Guy, Matt 'Gtr' Murphy, etc.) have gotten the recognition they deserved.

    This page is here to give propers to the men (and women) whose skills and dedication put the breath of life into Rock music.

    SO WHO ARE YOUR TOP 3 BLUES GUITARISTS? Give a little history on each if you can, as well as a song link (YouTube is ideal).

    If you use Wikipedia--or whoever else--be sure to give credit.

    By the way there are many good, conveniently available online resources. One is the Jas Orbrecht Music Archive (Jas formerly wrote for Guitar Player magazine). http://jasobrecht.com

    1. Shinkicker profile image90
      Shinkickerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I like Blues but I don't feel knowledgable enough to form a full opinion about the history of the genre. But for what it's worth, from the more modern times I really like

      Rory Gallagher
      Joe Bonamassa
      Stevie Ray Vaughan

  2. blues lessons profile image72
    blues lessonsposted 12 years ago

    My favorite old blues artists are mostly 'unsung' (bit of a play on words there. Strangely enough, these three were South Carolina based. Floyd Council, Pink Anderson (who inspired the name Pink Floyd) and Scrapper Blackwell.

    Floyd Council wasn't incredibly successful as a blues musician in his own right, but often featured in recording sessions behind 'stars' like Blind Boy Fuller, another South Carolina Man. His guitar was intricate and seemed like a cross between Piedmont ragtime and  a Texas acoustic style. The video features 'Poor Ain't Got A Dime.

    Floyd Council On Youtube

    Pink Anderson (don't think they ever collaborated or even met!) was a ragtime player and appeared in traveling medicine shows.

    Pink Anderson On Youtube

    Scrapper Blackwell was an extremely inventive guitarist who produced many classic song, such as Blues Before Sunrise and Nobody Know You When You're Down and Out. His creation 'Kokomo Blues' was recorded by Robert Johnson under the title 'Sweet Home Chicago.

    Scrapper On Youtube

    Floyd died in 1976, of a heart attack, Pink went the same way in 1974 and Scrapper was shot and killed in a mugging in Indianapolis in 1962.

    Thanks to you all.

    1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
      6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      @ blues lessons Great post! I checked those vids out and faved them on YT...again, thanks much for sharing those.

  3. Pearldiver profile image70
    Pearldiverposted 12 years ago

    Lowell George - ex Little Feat.

    Albert Stone - ex SSS

    Albert Stone's Mother - ex Fugly Jug!

    Thx for asking! smile

  4. rebekahELLE profile image84
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    Robert Johnson- when you listen to his music, nothing else is going on in the world.. he was a great songwriter as well and influenced a lot of the music that came later.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd60nI4s … e=related- Crossroads

    B.B.King- funky electric blues guitarist and genuinely nice guy. I met him once when involved with a non profit that booked bands.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y8QxOju … e=related- Lucille

    Luther Allison- another Chicago based blues man that ended up being bigger in Europe than the US. my friend and I used to go sit in the southside blues clubs when he played in central Illinois and listen to the magic. We had met him from booking them for a local festival.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I31Ffcj9 … ture=fvst- Bad Love
    if you like blues, you've got to love Luther, who left us his music and his son Bernard, who also plays blues.
    here they are together, sweet!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2IxZah6 … e=related- Bad News Is Coming (2 videos)

    1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
      6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      @ rebekahELLE Thanks much for the informative (and interactive) post. There are so so many great Bluesmen...seeing/hearing just one is therapeutic...I am more familiar w Allison now--thanks again.

  5. optimus grimlock profile image61
    optimus grimlockposted 12 years ago

    stevie ray vaughn

    1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
      6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Nice...got 2 more?

  6. blogivator profile image61
    blogivatorposted 12 years ago

    Hi, my top three are

    Stevie Ray Vaughn (the greatest of all, RIP Stevie, we was robbed)

    Robert Johnson, Nobody can/could play Delta blues like him.

    Gary Moore, Just Awesome.

    But I have extended my top three to include:
    Peter Green,Albert King,Albert Collins,BB King,Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Jim Hendrix, when he wanted to.
    and many more.

    1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
      6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I know, it's not easy to keep it to just 3...thanks for the post!

      1. blogivator profile image61
        blogivatorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It's not fair I cannot pick three.

        Ok I give in.   Modern players only.

        1.  Stevie Ray

        2. Jimi

        3. Gary Moore & Joe Bonamassa   this is a tie not 4 dude :-)

        1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
          6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          @ blogivator --the 'rules' are flexible...you can break it down by time era if you'd like. Who are your 3 fav 'vintage' players?

          1. blogivator profile image61
            blogivatorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Hi again,

            OMG, just lost my no.3.     R.I.P. Gary you were awesome. SAD :-(

            Fave 3 vintage 'players'

            1. Robert Johnson
            2. Elmore James
            3. Tampa Red

  7. Dale Nelson profile image37
    Dale Nelsonposted 12 years ago

    I'm going to go with Chuck Berry for a thousand.

    1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
      6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Dale, any specific reason for your choice for royalty?

  8. Julie2 profile image60
    Julie2posted 12 years ago

    Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King and most current in the last few years surprisingly, John Mayer. That boy can get down playing the blues...
    Don't laugh! Check out the video I attached with him and BB King:


    1. 6 String Veteran profile image67
      6 String Veteranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      No, I'm not laughing because he CAN play. It's just that Mayer--4 me @ least--doesn't have his own style...yet (see, I'm not throwin' in the towel on 'im LOL). He's got that now-textbook SRV sound with little else.

      Now, Joe Bonamassa on the other hand....WHOA. The Blues is oozin from that cat's hands.


      1. Julie2 profile image60
        Julie2posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You're right about John, he will be one of the greats when he comes into his own. I have to check out the vid you posted and get back to you on Joe.

  9. profile image0
    Martyv25posted 12 years ago

    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Walter Trout
    Jeff Healey

    Not in that order, I cant decide.

  10. tonymead60 profile image87
    tonymead60posted 12 years ago

    If I had to choose just three, then it has to be for me, Hendrix, Paul Kossov, Santana

  11. raisinkane profile image60
    raisinkaneposted 12 years ago

    Eric Clapton
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Johnny Epps (my 16 y/o)Johnny Epps Video

  12. profile image0
    jerrylposted 12 years ago

    Gary Moore's awesome version of Jimi Hendricks Red House


  13. profile image0
    jerrylposted 12 years ago

    Another of my favorites is Ramon's blues by Roy Buchanan

    Also "Sweet papa John" by Johnny Winter.This is from his Catured live album.  The lyrics are quite suggestive, so warning for people that get offended easily.

    You can youtube both.


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