who are your top ten acoustic guitarists?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by sbayle, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. tootull

    tootull Tightrope 'cross Niagara, don't cut my wire.

    Alphabetically:

    1. Ian Anderson
    2. Ian Anderson
    3. Ian Anderson
    4. Ian Anderson
    5. Ian Anderson
    6. Ian Anderson
    7. Ian Anderson
    8. Ian Anderson
    9. Ian Anderson
    10. Ian Anderson

    ... making up for the lack of respect.


    Martin Barre
    Liona Boyd
    Neil Young

    :cheers: to those that picked Ian. You know. :)
  2. joelee

    joelee Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Houston
    One that is ALWAYS overlooked who's fantastic and still alive:
    WILLIE NELSON
  3. Spadeygrove

    Spadeygrove Active Member

    Location:
    Charleston, WV
    :agree: :agree: :agree:
  4. reechie

    reechie Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Baltimore
    Pete Townshend
    Paul McCartney
    Marshall Crenshaw
    Michael Nesmith
    Paul Simon
    Don Everly
  5. Matty

    Matty Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Northeast
    What I like about Willie's playing is that stylistically it's just like his singing: mellow, sly, slightly behind the beat, a little world-weary.

    Willie recorded an alll-instrumental album of standards a few years ago on some small label, but I never got around to picking it up. Anyone have it? How is it?
  6. JoelDF

    JoelDF Active Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Someone mentioned her already on the first page, but here's another shout out to Nancy Wilson (of Heart). She plays a mean acoustic in concert when she goes into solo mode.
  7. Alex Zambra

    Alex Zambra New Member

    #1 Hank Marvin (of The Shadows)
    #2 Claude Ciari ( ex lead of 60's instro band Les Champions).
    IMo
    Alex
  8. Ken E.

    Ken E. Well-Known Member

    Location:
    New Providence NJ
    I think all have been mentioned:
    Andres Segovia
    Doc Watson
    Tony Rice
    John Williams
    Leo Kottke
    Charlie Byrd
    Narcisso Yepes
    Jorma Kaukonen
    Tal Farlow
    Michael Hedges
    Must add a plug for dobro master Jerry Douglas
  9. Numero Uno: Lenny Breau! Beyond that I'd list Michael Hedges, Richard Thompson, Ralph Towner, John McLaughlin, David Bromberg, Larry Coryell (I like his acoustic stuff better than electric!) and of course Robert Johnson. But Lenny Breau was THE MAN!
    ------- Chris
  10. Jvalvano

    Jvalvano Well-Known Member

    Location:
    NH
    Haven't seen David Russell mentioned. He is still putting out music on the Telarc label. I believe at one time he did study with Andres Segovia.
  11. Baz P

    Baz P Active Member

    A couple of weeks ago I was persuaded by Delta Steve and Coypu to go and see Martin Simpson at a folk club a few miles away. I'd heard of him but didn't have any of his music and had not, in fact, heard a single thing by him.

    I was assured by the pair of them that I'd really enjoy his guitar playing but, quite frankly, that really was an understatement. I haven't seen many great acoustic guitarists "live" - John Hammond, Keb Mo', Nils Lofgren are probably those best known to other Forum Members - but Martin Simpson, in my opinion, bettered them on the night.

    Add to that pretty good vocals; a really wide range of musical styles from classical to Dylan (completely different takes on "Boots of Spanish Leather" and "Highway 61") to "down and dirty" slide; some enlightening and amusing anecdotes; excellent original material and a sociable bloke as well. He's playing the Canmore and Edmonton Folk Festivals this August so any Canadians who want to hear a really excellent performer just go along :righton:

    I'm afraid I can't recommend any of his albums as the only one I have is the one I bought on the night which he autographed for me even after I'd told him that I'd came along with absolutely no knowledge of him whatsoever.

    For those whose curiosity may be piqued here's the link to his website: http://www.martinsimpson.com/
  12. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca

    When I first posted, I left him out on purpose to see how long it would be before he got mentioned. My daddy played him alot when I was a kid. I appreciate Segovia. That's cheating giving Jerry Douglas a nod but since he also plays get-tar, he is spec-tack-lar, ain't he.....:p

    I haven't given 10 yet, all together, so I get to add Kaoui Muraji....I really enjoyed her SA-CD and her XRCD, Pastorale.
  13. veecee

    veecee Member

    Location:
    USA
    In no particular order and adding no new revelations to this thread-

    Richard Thompson
    Django Reinhardt
    John Fahey
    Leo Kottke
    Kelly Joe Phelps
    Merle Travis
    Bruce Cockburn
    Chet Atkins
    John McLaughlin
    Ry Cooder
  14. MLutthans

    MLutthans 70mm Gort Staff

    Location:
    Marysville, WA
    I second that one. He and Danny Kortchmar did some great "acoustic duet" playing back in the 70s. Their recording of "You've Got a Friend" in 1971 is beautifully conceived and executed, methinks. No fireworks, but very "thoughtful" in the best musical sense. I also think that the MUD SLIDE SLIM LP has some of the best-recorded acoustic guitar sound out there; a very natural, warm-sounding album.

    Matt
  15. axeugene

    axeugene Active Member

    It's too late to pick 10 right now.

    Paul McCartney - he is the father of my acoustic guitar playing, and David Gilmour is the father of my electric guitar playing (well, soloing at least)

    My holy grail of epitomizing how well the acoustic can sound is that beautiful glassy "top and bottom" thumb and forefinger pick followed by the strum he employs on Blackbird, Mother Nature's Son, San Ferry Anne, Man We Was Lonely, Vanilla Sky, Great Day, Junk, Your Way, and so forth. Best example of all time is Blackbird on "Wings Over America". It just sounds so good!
  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Location:
    Europa
    In no order ....

    Davy Graham
    Bert Jansch
    Robert Johnson
    Stephan Grossman
    Martin Carthy
    Paul Simon
    Nick Drake
    Paul McCartney
    Julian Bream
    Andres Segovia
  17. dbmay75

    dbmay75 Funk & Guitar Junkie

    If the OP is also allowing nylon string (classical, flamenco) guitarists to be added, these are my choices:

    Al Di Meola
    Joni Mitchell
    Paco De Lucia
    John McLaughlin
    Michael Hedges
    Steve Stevens
    Strunz & Farah
    Vicente Amigo
    Larry Carlton
    Badi Assad
  18. Blencathra

    Blencathra New Member

    Location:
    UK
    No order - just some faves -

    Kottke, Leo
    Giltrap, Gordon
    Jansch, Bert
    Allen, David (Of Flamenco/Rock group Carmen)
    Campbell, Larry
    Carroll, Clive
    Petrucci, John
    Shindell, Richard
  19. Music!

    Music! Member

    Location:
    Southern Indiana
    Chris Whitley--great national steel body / dobro slide player

    'Dirt Floor' gets regular rotation.
  20. Johnny66

    Johnny66 Active Member

    Location:
    Australia.
    Jansch and Hedges. Redefined the form.
  21. Richard Thompson
    Lindsey Buckingham
    Steve Hackett
    Shawn Colvin
    Pete Townshend
    Steve Howe
  22. Claus

    Claus Fireblade Rider

    Location:
    Germany
    Leo Kottke
    Al Di Meola
    John McLaughlin
    Ry Cooder
  23. Greg Carrier

    Greg Carrier Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Iowa City
    Most of my favorites have been mentioned -- Kottke, Drake, Stills, etc. A guy who hasn't been mentioned, and kind of flies under the radar, is Michael Gulezian. Reminds me of Kottke in his younger days.

    http://www.timbrelinemusic.com/video.html
  24. shinedaddy

    shinedaddy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Valley Village, Ca
    Kelly Joe Phelps is amazing

    also like Page for his acoustic stuff, and Stills too
  25. He's not been mentioned yet.
    Given time he may become a fixture on such lists.
    The young British guitarist James Blackshaw.
    Robbie Basho fans need to check this guy out.

    Jerry

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