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  posted on 11/28/2019 at 04:30 PM
Guitar World conducted a survey which had over 60,000 respondents as to who is the best blues guitarist today. Dozens of players got votes but the top 5 were:

1. Joe Bonamassa

2. Eric Clapton

3. Derek Trucks

4. Buddy Guy

5. John Mayer



 

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  posted on 11/28/2019 at 07:28 PM
Freddie King deserves to be in it!!
 

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  posted on 11/28/2019 at 07:59 PM
Best living blues guitarist is tough, man. I guarantee you that in Memphis or Nashville, there are 50 guitarists who play hotter, nastier blues than the Brit Blues elder statesmen or obvious arena rock choices that I know.
 

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  posted on 11/28/2019 at 09:33 PM
List makes sense for people responding as those are probably the Top 5 in ticket sales although not sure I would put Mayer in the genre.

 

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  posted on 11/28/2019 at 11:03 PM
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Freddie King deserves to be in it!!


Yeah. Id agree. On pure blues. Not a blues rocker who plays a lot of blues. But pure blues. Give me Freddie all day.

Peter Green?

And I have a pure blind spot for Eric. I think he is sublime. Tone. Vibrato. Touch. Not too much, not too little. Dude is just a pros pro.

In baseball they have a saying that hes a professional hitter. If you know what that means, that describes Eric perfectly for me.

 

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  posted on 11/28/2019 at 11:04 PM
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Freddie King deserves to be in it!!


I'm pretty sure the list was for best living blues guitarist.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 07:02 AM
That is correct. Living guitarist.

If they did one with living or dead it would look different and probably need to show the at least the top 20.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 08:57 AM
I nominate Daniel Castro problem is unless you live in the Bay area you will have no idea who he is.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 10:24 AM
Let's change that.

https://youtu.be/pnt0ffxAwbs

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 10:28 AM
Ronnie Earl belongs near the top of that list. Far more original in style and tone than the top 2 IMO.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 11:08 AM
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Ronnie Earl belongs near the top of that list. Far more original in style and tone than the top 2 IMO.


Good call on Ronnie Earl. He came to my mind, as well.

I might put Clapton and Guy in my personal top 5 but the other 3 wouldn't even make it into my personal top 10 of current, living favorites.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 11:09 AM
Living, and at current levels, Id throw Tab Benoit into the mix.

I dont think of Derek as a blues guitarist.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 11:24 AM
My top 5 "living" blues guitarist

1. Ronnie Earl ( to me he is the definition of stratocaster tone)
2. Jimmie Vaughan
3. Eric Gales
4. Joe Bonamassa
5. Robben Ford

 

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 04:00 PM
The replies here are amazing to me. There seems to be a tendency on this site to elevate lesser known players and to dismiss the more well known. I have seen all of the guys mentioned and while they are good I don't put them on the level of others here. Talk about putting Jimmy Vaughn and these guys ahead of Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks amazes me. Oh well to each his own.
 

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The replies here are amazing to me. There seems to be a tendency on this site to elevate lesser known players and to dismiss the more well known. I have seen all of the guys mentioned and while they are good I don't put them on the level of others here. Talk about putting Jimmy Vaughn and these guys ahead of Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks amazes me. Oh well to each his own.


Id put Eric at the head of the list.

Derek is the best thing going right now and has been for some time. But I think hed tell you hes not a blues guitarist.

And, by the way, when Mayer gets after it, hes freaking awesome.

Id also add that a lot of these dudes are lesser known precisely because they play only the blues.

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  posted on 11/29/2019 at 10:13 PM
Sign me up for Tinsley Ellis.

Brilliant musician. There's a reason for every note he plays.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2019 at 09:37 AM
I too really like Tinsley and agree that Derek Trucks doesn't come to my mind when thinking about a "blues" guitarist. Derek, like all former Allman Brothers guitarists, played the blues very well but played as much jazz and rock unlike the Kings or Buddy Guy etc. Clapton isn't a straight up blues player.

I guess because many guitarist play some blues, the Guitar World magazine readers included some of them in the poll.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2019 at 10:15 AM
I don't agree that you have to play the blues exclusively to be a brilliant blues guitarist. I happen to think Derek is a better blues guitarist than all mentioned ( other than Clapton ) and the fact that he can play other styles only enhances his playing. I agree with the comment about John Mayer, that he can bring it when he wants, IMHO he is a very underrated player.
 

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  posted on 11/30/2019 at 02:15 PM
Robben Ford's another great player. Chris Duarte as well.
 

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  posted on 11/30/2019 at 08:17 PM
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Talk about putting Jimmy Vaughn and these guys ahead of Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks amazes me. Oh well to each his own.


Agreed, Jimmy Vaughn bores me to sleep.....

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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 09:45 AM
Agree with the comments that Derek isn't a "blues guitarist" but plays the blues better than anyone alive.

Also agree with comments re Mayer. Sometime in the 90's (94 or 95 I think, not sure) I was in Chicago and went to Blue Chicago. the band was great, there was this kid wearing a leisure suit, playing guitar and blowing us all away. I didn't catch his name during the band introductions, but remember that he was from Connecticut. I was thinking how bizarre it was that some kid from Ct was playing in this bar, in Chicago, with those guys, and blowing us away like that.
A few years later, I saw Mayer with his blues trio on TV on a fundraiser for 9/11 and was impressed, never knowing he had a pop career until I saw him touring on Continuum, where he mixed it up.
A little later, I was wasting time on the internet and clicked on celebtrity HS pics. I saw the guy who blew us away in that bar in Chicago - it was Mayer.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 12:27 PM
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I don't agree that you have to play the blues exclusively to be a brilliant blues guitarist. I happen to think Derek is a better blues guitarist than all mentioned ( other than Clapton ) and the fact that he can play other styles only enhances his playing. I agree with the comment about John Mayer, that he can bring it when he wants, IMHO he is a very underrated player.
Mayer is like a modern day Mike Bloomfield, great instinctual player, a natural. I didn't realize until recently that I played with J.M. at a blues jam in a club in new haven ct. In the early 2000's. This tall good looking kid who looked like a college student was on stage with me, I asked him his name, he said John, I said what are we gonna play?, we did a slow blues instrumental, and a shuffle, further on up the road I think?. And he just tore it up.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 01:12 PM
Hard to beat Buddy in my book - and he's still doing it......

Kenny Wayne Shepard can be pretty good too.... and Bryan Lee ain't too bad either.....

 

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  posted on 12/1/2019 at 03:08 PM
This guy can play the blues, and lots of other things. https://youtu.be/1BlL39J7agw
 

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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 12:20 PM
Yes sir pops42. I remember when he and Buddy Guy played at the White House when Obama was there.

 

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