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Influential Country Guitarists

Influential country guitarists

Influential country guitarist

Welcome to the next installment of our blog series on prominent guitar players! Our focus today will be on influential country guitarists. I have picked three important players from this genre to discuss, but be sure to check out more on your own. Discovering new guitarists can lead you down a new and exciting path on your musical journey.

James Burton is an American guitarist often referred to as the “Master of the Telecaster.” He has performed and recorded with many famous singers, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Merle Haggard. The Fender guitar company produces a James Burton signature Telecaster. Check out his legendary picking method known as chickin’ pickin’.

Chet Atkins was an American guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was also proficient on other instruments, such as banjo and fiddle. Along with several other musicians, Chet helped create a new style of country music known as the Nashville sound. This style expanded the appeal of country music, as it replaced traditional elements of honky-tonk music with a contemporary pop music sound. Check out Chet’s album, Mister Guitar, which later became a name assigned to him. Many guitarists today are still heavily influenced by Chet Atkins.

Jerry Reed was a country music guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was also an actor, appearing in over a dozen films. One of his films, Smokey and the Bandit, was a 1977 blockbuster. He is responsible for a catalog of country chart hits. Check out, “Guitar Man,” which Elvis Presley covered.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about these influential country guitarists. Check out my past blogs on other important guitar players from such genres as blues, jazz, rock and metal. Thanks for stopping by and check back in soon!

Daniel Saunders

Daniel Saunders

Daniel is the Guitar Program Supervisor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute in California where he taught for nearly ten years. He is also published through Hal Leonard for Guitar World Magazine Video Lessons.

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