I don’t think it’s a coincidence that most of the best guitarists of all time have been blues guitarists. It’s true. The blues is all about feeling, playing the pain out through the guitar. It’s all about tone, all about the music, all about the feeling! Music nowadays isn’t about any of that. Today it’s all about the money when it should be about the music.
- Eric Clapton – Everything about Clapton’s playing is stunning. In Cream he took music to another level, improvising on songs and jams for 20 minutes at a time. In Blind Faith he held back, adding tasteful licks, sitting back in the band more. With Derek and the Dominos he went back to the blues, and produced a massive album in the form of ‘Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs’. And in his solo career he has continued to impress. 1994’s ‘From The Cradle’ consists of some of the best blues playing, showing he still has it.
- Freddie King – In some of Freddie King’s songs, he only plays a few licks. But that’s all he had to do, because those licks were and continue to be so powerful that they fill a whole song by themselves.
- Duane Allman – Hands down, one of the (if not THE) best slide guitarist of all time. Listening to the Allman Brothers Band recordings, especially ‘Live at Fillmore East’ shows how powerful a guitar player he was. The song ‘Goin’ Down Slow’ from the Duane Allman Anthology is full of licks that gives you the chills.
- Buddy Guy – He has such a powerful way of playing. Things that Guy did back in the 60’s inspired Hendrix. He’s not just a guitarist, he’s a performer.
- B.B. King – Just like Freddie King, B.B. King doesn’t play massive amounts of guitar in songs. But when he does, it’s all you need. Where as Freddie King was sharp, hard and attacking, B.B. King is soft, smooth and inviting.