Friday, October 07, 2011

15 Favorite Guitarists

One of my good friends and fellow bloggers, Bill Geist is also a former radio Deejay.  I look forward each week to his “Music Fridays” posts.

I thought of Bill when I spotted a headline earlier this week on the website for Rolling Stone Magazine about the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  But before opening that link I couldn’t help but try first to come up some of my favorites.

So here are 15 of my favorites, in no particular order, but spanning some of the many genres, ages, genders, ethnicities and decades included in my eclectic taste in music:

Keith Richards – Start Me Up

Carlos Santana – Black Magic Woman

George Harrison - I Feel Fine

B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone

Bonnie Raitt – Love Me Like A Man

Vince Gill – How Great Thou Art

Jerry Garcia – Teach Your Children

Santos Farina – Sleep Walk

Eric Clapton – Layla

Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner

Ruby Jane Smith – Beautiful You, Happy Me

Duane Eddy – Rebel-rouser

Henry Garza – Heaven

Tatyana Ryzhkova - JS Bach Sonata

George Benson – The Shadow of Your Smile

Oh, and if you’re not inclined to open the link to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest, here is how they ranked the 15 above (remember, I didn’t order mine):  Richards #10, Santana #15, Harrison #21, B.B. King #3 Clapton #4, Jerry Garcia #13 and Jimi Hendrix #1.

Something tells me that eclectic wasn’t a part of their evaluation.

1 comment:

Bill Geist said...

Thanks for the shout out, my friend. When I realized where you were going, I too tried to look away so as not to be influenced by your list. My 15 are much like yours, with my inclination to rock and blues running tagentally to your eclectic. My list consists of many of the regular suspects plus: Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Neal Schon, Mick Ronson and Mick Mars. Imagine a battle of the bands with our lists :)