UK-based music site Robb-bowerpresents.com launched the 30 greatest blues guitarists of all time. This is determined based on the choices of their portal visitors which have been distributed since January 2014. But here we only cover the top 10, who are they? Following review:
1. Stevie Ray Vaughn
Robb-Bowerpresents finally put Stevie Ray Vaughn at the top of the list. Although inviting a number of pros and cons, it must be admitted that no blues guitarist is able to ‘overpower’ a Stratocaster guitar like him. His unique technique and guitar sound have even become a ‘holy grail’ for hundreds or even thousands of guitarists over the years since he passed away.
2. B.B. King
The name of this guitarist who was born in 1925 will always come out of anyone’s mouth when asked who is one of the great electric blues guitarists on this planet. Yes B.B. King has indeed become a model for many guitarists. The way he marries blues, jazz, swing, and mainstream pop and jumps into a unique sound is truly inspiring.
3. Robert Johnson
The name of this guitarist who was born in 1925 will always come out of anyone’s mouth when asked who is one of the great electric blues guitarists on this planet. Yes B.B. King has indeed become a model for many guitarists. The way he marries blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop, and jumps into a unique sound is truly inspiring.
4. Jimi Hendrix
This guitarist is a revolutionary. He is Jim Morrison to Da Vinci of guitar. Until now no one can make music to guitar sound like him. Apart from being fashionable in her self-image, her lyrics are also poetic and straightforward, and her music is very universal which is not only entangled in rock but also soul, pop funk and blues. He is ahead of our time!
5. Rory Gallagher
This Irish-born guitarist may often be underestimated throughout his musical career, but over time the distinctive sound of the 1961 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, which became his flagship weapon, continues to resonate to this day. Rory Gallagher has also always played with passion and vitality both on his own and as part of the Taste trio.
6. Peter Green
Substitute for Eric Clapton in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, he succeeded in changing the world of electric blues through his beautiful, soulful, and very lyrical guitar playing.
7. Eric Clapton
Cream, Blind Faith, Derek, And The Dominos, The Dirty Mac, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and a series of solo works that he has produced prove that the blues is the ‘heart’ of Eric Clapton. One of Eric Clapton’s works that has left a big stigma in the world of electric blues is his playing and guitar sound on the album “‘Beano” by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers which was released in 1966.
8. Buddy Guy
It doesn’t take many words to describe this guitarist. Just pick a sentence that Eric Clapton once said: “Buddy Guy to me is Elvis (Presley) to someone else.” It was more than enough!
9. Muddy Waters
Inspired by delta blues pioneers Mississippi Son House and Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters has been described as “The Father Of Chicago Blues” and the inspiration for much of the 1960s blues movement. His extraordinary performance at the Newport Jazz Festival that year even created a new template. In the world of electric blues and inspired musicians such as The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. A true legend!
10. Gary Moore
It seems that there really isn’t a blues guitarist anymore who can make a Les Paul scream like Gary Moore did. Moreover, this Northern Irish-born guitarist is not only good at torturing guitar necks, but has also produced a number of slick recordings, both through his solo projects and during his time with Thin Lizzy.