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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
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
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)
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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 80
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
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)
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)
Huddie William Ledbetter (; January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) better known as stage name Lead Belly was an American folk and blues singer, musician and songwriter notable for his strong ...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 (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
Vance DeGeneres (born September 2, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, musician, film producer and screenwriter, known for his work in television. He is the older brother of Ellen DeGeneres.
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Louisiana
age 42
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
The Radiators, also known as The New Orleans Radiators, are a rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana, who combined the traditional musical styles of their native city with more mainstream rock ...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 (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
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)
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
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)
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
Leo Nocentelli (born June 15, 1946) is an American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member and lead guitarist of the funk band The Meters. He wrote the original versions of ...more