100 Greatest Blues Guitar Players

The distinctive warmth and technique of guitar players in the blues genre creates an emotional connect with the listener. Here’s a detailed perspective of the best blues guitar players.

The warmth that oozes forth when a blues guitarist bends a string on the guitar is unmistakably bliss. Blues is a diverse genre that showcases an array of styles and techniques of guitar players. Every guitar player has his/her own unique way of expressing notes. Creating an expression with the guitar is no easy task… and ever since the blues genre came into being, guitar players in blues realms have been taking expression to a new level. Blues guitarists are known for their exceptional phrasing…and it’s the ability to phrase notes that gives blues guitarists their unique identity. String bending

is a prominent feature among blues players. As a listener you instantaneously know you are in for a treat when you hear the opening guitar lines of a blues solo.

The Blues Sound

While blues guitarists may not have achieved the mainstream success they deserve, a number of blues guitarists are major influences among guitar players from various genres. The wailing guitar tone that has become standard in the realms of guitar music owes a great deal to the ‘blues bend’…a signature bending technique that is often exhibited by guitarists from various genres. The blues sound is showcases elements of the call-and-response pattern that has evolved theatrically over the years. As guitarists started experimenting with scales, the traditional blues sound made way for newer blues forms that involved the innovative use of pentatonic scales. The blues scale and blues chord progressions are often used by rock guitarists creatively laying emphasis on a bright-heavy sound.

Evolution of the Blues

The twelve-bar blues forms the cusp of the blues sound. Over the years the blues sound has shaped into a new entity rooted in traditional forms. Genres such as blues-rock and country blues that evolved from traditional blues have gone onto impact audiences in niche genres. In its early days it was acoustic blues that laid the foundation for new avenues. Delta blues, one of the earliest blues music styles is regarded by many as the style that paved the way for new blues sounds. Chicago Blues and West Coast Blues added unique identity to the blues sound with influences from the classic blues. Towards the end of World War 2, the acoustic sound made way for electric sound.

The Electric Blues Sound

As the acoustic guitar sound became electric, many guitarists started experimenting and tweaking guitar gadgets that took the blues sound to a whole new level. Guitar amplification became prominent in the 40s, and new guitar techniques and guitar styles in the blues domain emerged. Amplifying guitars in the early years enabled guitarists to produce the sound of tapped notes on the guitar in solos creatively. The electric guitar revolutionized blues solos in a big way. The earthy warmth in blues guitar solos stirs the soul. While traditional blues is popular in blues forms, a number of guitar players have incorporated varied influences and created new blues styles and blues techniques. When it’s the blues…it’s always the


The lines below bring to life an epic list of blues guitar players.

100 Greatest Blues Guitar Players

  1. Muddy Waters
  2. B.B. King
  3. Jimi Hendrix
  4. Stevie Ray Vaughn
  5. Buddy Guy
  6. John Lee Hooker
  7. Charley Patton 
  8. Albert King
  9. T. Bone Walker
  10. Freddie King
  11. Jeff Beck
  12. Duane Allman
  13. Gary Moore
  14. John Bonamassa
  15. Derek Trucks
  16. Eric Clapton
  17. Otis Rush
  18. Roy Buchanan
  19. Jonny Lang
  20. Mike Bloomfield
  21. Rory Gallagher
  22. Lead Belly
  23. Albert Collins
  24. Elmore James
  25. Eric Gales
  26. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  27. Johnny Winter
  28. Lightnin’ Hopkins
  29. Davy Knowles
  30. Robert Cray
  31. Scott Henderson
  32. Alvin Lee
  33. Guitar Slim
  34. John Mayer
  35. Earl Hooker
  36. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  37. Paul Kossoff
  38. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
  39. Hound Dog Taylor
  40. Duke Robillard
  41. Mick Taylor
  42. Robben Ford
  43. Fenton Robinson
  44. Pee Wee Crayton
  45. Bo Diddley
  46. Walter Trout
  47. Homesick James
  48. Robert Lockwood Jr.
  49. Tony McPhee
  50. Peter Green
  51. J.B. Hutto
  52. Magic Sam
  53. Jim McCarty
  54. Kim Simmonds
  55. Luther Tucker
  56. Harvey Mandel
  57. Robin Trower
  58. Billy Gibbons
  59. Rod Price
  60. Eddie Taylor
  61. Hollywood Fats
  62. Leslie West
  63. Blind Willie Johnson
  64. Hubert Sumlin
  65. Jesse Ed Davis
  66. Larry McCray
  67. Vince Converse
  68. Coco Montoya
  69. Elvin Bishop
  70. Lightnin’ Slim
  71. Bobby Parker
  72. Jeff Healey
  73. Luther Allison
  74. Lowell Fulson
  75. Stan Webb
  76. Lonnie Johnson
  77. Clem Clempson
  78. Steve Cropper
  79. Joe Louis Walker
  80. Alvin Youngblood Hart
  81. Little Milton
  82. Shuggie Otis
  83. Johnny Copeland
  84. Skip James
  85. John Cipollina
  86. Wayne Bennett
  87. J. B. Lenoir
  88. Buddy Whittington
  89. David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  90. Matt Murphy
  91. Jim Suhler
  92. Jeremy Spencer
  93. Taj Mahal
  94. Dave Hole
  95. Guitar Shorty
  96. Pete Haycock
  97. Tinsley Ellis
  98. Jimmie Vaughn
  99. Roy Rogers
  100. Amos Garrett

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