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Famous Guitarists from Alabama

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Alabama, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Alabama are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Alabama guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

This list features items like Hank Williams and Tommy Shaw.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Alabama?" and "Who are famous Alabama guitarists?"
  • Hiram King "Hank" Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously). Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams relocated to Georgiana with his family, where he met Rufus Payne, who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Dale Watson (born October 7, 1962 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American country/Texas country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and self-published author based in Austin, Texas. He champions "Ameripolitan" as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Jefferson County, Birmingham, Area code 205, Contiguous United States, United States of America
  • Bo Weavil Jackson (dates and places of birth and death unknown, real name said to be James Butler) was an African-American blues singer and guitarist. He was one of the first country bluesmen to be recorded, in 1926, for Paramount Records and Vocalion Records. On the latter label he was credited as Sam Butler, which has become the name most commonly used to identify him. His 78-rpm records are highly sought by collectors and have been re-released on numerous LP and CD compilation albums. His technique is distinctive for its upbeat tempo, varied melodic lines, and impromptu instrumentals.It is widely believed that Jackson was active in Birmingham, Alabama since he referred to that area in...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Johnny Henry Smith II (June 25, 1922 – June 11, 2013) was an American cool jazz and mainstream jazz guitarist. He wrote "Walk, Don't Run" in 1954. In 1984, Smith was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama