Musicians Famous Guitarists from Louisiana

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

With items ranging from Jared Leto to Buddy Guy, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Louisiana?" and "Who are famous Louisiana guitarists?"

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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 82 George "Buddy" Guy is an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of the Chicago blues and has influenced blues guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Eric ...more

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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 47 Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan ...more

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Lonnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 71 (1899-1970) Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson was an American blues and jazz singer/guitarist, violinist and songwriter who pioneered the role of jazz guitar and jazz violin, and is recognized as the first ...more

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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 79 James Burton is a film actor.

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 65 Lucinda Williams is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received ...more

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Clarence
Dec. at 81 (1924-2005) Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas. He is best known for his work as a blues musician, but embraced other styles of music, having "spent ...more

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Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 61 (1888-1949) Huddie William Ledbetter was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is ...more

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John Campbell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 41 (1952-1993) John Allen Campbell was an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Vance DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 64 Vance Elliott DeGeneres is an American actor, musician, film producer and screenwriter, known for his work in television. He is the older brother of actress and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. After ...more

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 41 Kenny Wayne Shepherd is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has released several studio albums and experienced significant commercial success both as a blues artist and a young

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Chris Thomas King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 56 Chris Thomas King is an American New Orleans, Louisiana-based blues musician and actor.

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Dale Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 74 (1936-2010) Delmar Allen "Dale" Hawkins was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock boogie. Fellow rockabilly pioneer ...more

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Earl King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 69 (1934-2003) Earl King was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. A composer of well known standards such as "Come On" and Professor Longhair's "Big ...more

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Jimmy Bower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 50 Jimmy Bower is an American sludge/heavy metal guitarist and drummer who has played with six bands, most notably Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down, and Superjoint Ritual. Jimmy Bower is known in some ...more

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Al McKay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 70 Al McKay is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and former member of the American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, and a recipient of five Grammy Awards. Al used to lead his own group, ...more

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Johnny Copeland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 60 (1937-1997) Johnny Copeland was an American Texas blues guitarist and singer.

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Kenny Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 61 Kenny Neal, son of Raful Neal, is an American blues guitar player, singer and band member. Neal comes from a musical family and has often performed with his brothers in his band.

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Lonnie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 85 Lonnie Brooks is an American blues singer and guitarist. He was born in Dubuisson, Louisiana, United States. Rolling Stone stated, "His music is witty, soulful and ferociously energetic, ...more

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Camile Baudoin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 70 Camile Baudoin is a guitar player from New Orleans, Louisiana and a founding member of The Radiators. Baudoin shares lead guitar duties in The Radiators with Dave Malone, and plays with or ...more

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Bobby Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 76 (1937-2013) Robert Lee "Bobby" Parker, was an American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1961 song "Watch Your Step", a single for the V-Tone record ...more

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Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 58 Stuart Hamm is an American bass guitar player, known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well for his unconventional playing style and solo recordings.

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Webb Pierce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 70 (1921-1991) Webb Michael Pierce was one of the most popular American honky tonk, rockabilly vocalists, guitarists of the 1950s, charting more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade. ...more

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Tab Benoit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 51 Tab Benoit is an American blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues. He plays a Fender Telecaster Thinline electric guitar and ...more

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Fred Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 77 (1933-2010) Fred F. Carter, Jr. was an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.

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Leo Nocentelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 72 Leo Nocentelli in New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the founding members of the New Orleans funk band, The Meters. He has been credited for popular funk songs such as "Cissy Strut", ...more

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Jesse Thomas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 84 (1911-1995) Jesse "Babyface" Thomas was an American Texas blues guitarist and singer. Known at different times as "Baby Face" or "Mule", and occasionally billed as "The ...more

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Walter
age 75 Walter "Wolfman" Washington is an American singer and guitarist, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. While his roots are in blues music, he blends in the essence of funk ...more

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Lafayette Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Lafayette Thomas Dec. at 49 (1928-1977) Lafayette Jerl Thomas was an American blues singer, and guitarist.

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Robert Pete Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 66 (1914-1980) Robert Pete Williams was an American Louisiana blues musician. His music characteristically employed unconventional structures and tunings, and his songs are often about the time he served in ...more

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Phil Guy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 68 (1940-2008) Phil Guy was an American blues guitarist. He was the younger brother of Buddy Guy.

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Wayne Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Wayne Kirkpatrick age 54 Wayne Kirkpatrick (born c. 1961) is an American songwriter and musician born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School in

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Papa Mali is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 61 Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne is an American record producer, guitarist, singer, and songwriter who grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, and lives in New Orleans, ...more

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Tabby Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Tabby Thomas Dec. at 85 (1929-2014) Ernest Joseph "Tabby" Thomas, also known as Rockin' Tabby Thomas, was an American blues musician. He sang and played the piano and guitar, and specialized in a substyle of blues ...more

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Saunders King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Saunders King Dec. at 91 (1909-2000) Saunders King was an American R&B and blues guitarist and singer.