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Famous Guitarists from Georgia

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Georgia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Georgia 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 Georgia 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.

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Georgia?" and "Who are famous Georgia guitarists?"
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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 59
Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality. She is known for performing contemporary Christian music (CCM) and for a ...more

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Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)
Jerry Reed Hubbard (March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008) was an American country music singer, guitarist, composer, and songwriter, as well as an actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. ...more

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Katie Melua is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 35
Ketevan "Katie" Melua (; Georgian: ქეთევან "ქეთი" მელუა, IPA: [kʰɛtʰɛvɑn mɛluɑ]; born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. She moved to the United ...more
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Joe South is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)
Joe South (born Joseph Alfred Souter; February 28, 1940 – September 5, 2012) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Best known for his songwriting, South won the ...more
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Kaki King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 40
Kaki King (born Katherine Elizabeth King, August 24, 1979) is an American guitarist and composer. King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple ...more

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Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 66
Robert William Cray (born August 1, 1953) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He has led his own band and won five Grammy Awards.

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Butch Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 50
Bradley Glenn "Butch" Walker (born November 14, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was the lead guitarist for the glam metal band SouthGang from ...more

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Andrew York is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 61
Andrew York (born 1958) is an American GRAMMY Award winning classical guitarist and composer.
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David T. Chastain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 56
David T. Chastain (born August 31, 1953) is an American guitarist and owner of Leviathan Records and Diginet Music. Chastain is a metal guitarist who emerged in the mid-'80s along with a wave of ...more
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Leo Kottke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 74
Leo Kottke (born September 11, 1945) is an acoustic guitarist. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. He ...more

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Blind Willie McTell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 61 (1898-1959)
Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier; May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar ...more

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Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 79
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins (born April 6, 1939, Atlanta, Georgia, United States) is an American blues guitarist. Sandra Pointer-Jones wrote, "Beverly Watkins is a pyrotechnic guitar ...more
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Tampa Red is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 77 (1904-1981)
Hudson Whittaker (born Hudson Woodbridge, January 8, 1903 – March 19, 1981), known as Tampa Red, was an American Chicago blues musician. Tampa Red is best known as a blues guitarist who had a ...more

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Tinsley Ellis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 62
Tinsley Ellis (born June 4, 1957) is an American blues and rock musician, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and grew up in South Florida. According to Billboard, "nobody has ...more

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Michelle Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Michelle Malone is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer.She also founded a record company, SBS Records.
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Danny Whitten is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 29 (1943-1972)
Danny Ray Whitten (May 8, 1943 – May 18, 1972) was an American musician and songwriter best known for his work with Neil Young's backing band Crazy Horse, and for the song "I Don't Want To ...more

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Jimmy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 55 (1925-1980)
Ivy J. Bryant, Jr. (March 5, 1925 – September 22, 1980), known as Jimmy Bryant, was an American country music guitarist.
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William DuVall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 52
William Bradley DuVall (born September 6, 1967) is an American musician, best known as the current co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Alice in Chains. DuVall joined Alice in ...more
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Marvin Tarplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
Marvin Tarplin (June 13, 1941 – September 30, 2011) was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the Miracles from the 1950s through the early 1970s. He was one of ...more
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Damon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
age 55
Damon Rogers Johnson (born July 13, 1964) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, currently a solo artist and member of Thin Lizzy. In the 1990s he co-founded Brother Cane, and later ...more
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Frank Edwards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 93 (1909-2002)
Frank Edwards (March 20, 1909 – March 22, 2002) was an American blues guitarist, harmonica player and singer. He was variously billed as Mr. Frank, Black Frank and Mr. Cleanhead.
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Jesse Fuller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 80 (1896-1976)
Jesse Fuller (March 12, 1896 - January 29, 1976) was an American one-man band musician, best known for his song "San Francisco Bay Blues".
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Johnny Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 67 (1939-2006)
Johnny Edward Jenkins (March 5, 1939 – June 26, 2006) was an American left-handed blues guitarist, who helped launch the career of Otis Redding. His flamboyant style of guitar playing also ...more
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Barbecue Bob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 29 (1902-1931)
Robert Hicks, better known as Barbecue Bob (September 11, 1902 – October 21, 1931), was an early American Piedmont blues musician. His nickname was derived from his working as a cook in a ...more
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Kokomo Arnold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Georgia
Dec. at 67 (1901-1968)
James "Kokomo" Arnold (February 15, 1896 or 1901 – November 8, 1968) was an American blues musician. A left-handed slide guitarist, his intense style of playing and rapid-fire vocal ...more