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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: 83

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lettsworth, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi ...more

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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America

Jared Joseph Leto (; born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved ...more

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Lonnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 71 (1899-1970)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 80

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Dubberly, Louisiana

James Edward Burton (born August 21, 1939, in Dubberly, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001 (his induction speech was given by longtime fan ...more

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lake Charles, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer, songwriter and musician. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a ...more

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Clarence "Gatemouth... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Vinton, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (April 18, 1924 – September 10, 2005) was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas known for his work as a blues musician, as well as other styles of ...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)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mooringsport, Louisiana

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John Campbell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 41 (1952-1993)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

John Allen Campbell (January 20, 1952 – June 13, 1993) was an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
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Vance DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Kenny Wayne Shepherd (born Kenny Wayne Brobst; June 12, 1977) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has released several studio albums and experienced significant commercial ...more

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Chris Thomas King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

Chris Thomas King (born Durwood Christopher Thomas, October 14, 1962) 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)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Louisiana, United States of America

Delmar Allen "Dale" Hawkins (August 22, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock ...more
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Earl King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 69 (1934-2003)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Earl Silas Johnson IV (February 7, 1934 – April 17, 2003), known as Earl King, was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. A composer of blues standards such ...more

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Jimmy Bower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 51

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

Jimmy Bower (born September 19, 1968) is an American guitarist and drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Bower is known for his work with pioneering sludge metal bands Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down, ...more
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Al McKay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Al McKay (born February 2, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and former member of the American soul/funk/rock/pop band Earth, Wind & Fire, and ...more

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Johnny Copeland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 60 (1937-1997)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Haynesville, Louisiana

John Clyde Copeland (March 27, 1937 – July 3, 1997) was an American Texas blues guitarist and singer. In 1983 he was named Blues Entertainer of the Year by the Blues Foundation. He is the father ...more

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Kenny Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 62

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Kenny Neal (born October 14, 1957 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States), is an American blues guitar player, singer and band member. Neal' father is Raful Neal, and he comes from a musical ...more
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Lonnie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 86

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Landry Parish, Dubuisson, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017) was an American blues singer and guitarist. The musicologist Robert Palmer, writing in Rolling Stone, stated, "His ...more
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Camile Baudoin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

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Bobby Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 76 (1937-2013)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana

Robert Lee "Bobby" Parker (August 31, 1937 – October 31, 2013) was an American blues-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his 1961 song "Watch Your ...more
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Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 59

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Stuart Hamm (born February 8, 1960) is an American bass guitar player, known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well as for his unconventional playing style and solo
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Webb Pierce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 70 (1921-1991)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Ouachita Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

Michael Webb Pierce (August 8, 1921 – February 24, 1991) was an American honky tonk vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of the 1950s, one of the most popular of the genre, charting more number ...more

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Tab Benoit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Age: 52

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

Tab Benoit (born November 17, 1967) is an American blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues. He plays a stock 1972 Fender ...more
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Fred Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
Dec. at 77 (1933-2010)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Winnsboro, Louisiana

Fred F. Carter Jr. (December 31, 1933 – July 17, 2010) 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: 73

Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

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