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Famous Guitarists from Tennessee

Updated June 8, 2017 2.1k views42 items

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

Examples of items on this list include Duane Allman and Carl Perkins.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Tennessee?" and "Who are famous Tennessee guitarists?"
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  • Carl Smith1

    Carl Smith

    Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUnion County, Tennessee, United States, with Territories, Maynardville

    Carl Milton Smith (March 15, 1927 – January 16, 2010) was an American country music singer....  more
  • Chet Atkins2

    Chet Atkins

    Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLuttrell, Tennessee, United States of America

    Chester Burton Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country...  more

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  • Duane Allman3

    Duane Allman

    Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Guitars PlayedGibson Les Paul

    Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session...  more

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  • Carl Perkins4

    Carl Perkins

    Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTiptonville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter who...  more

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  • 5

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Gary Talley is a celebrated guitarist, singer, songwriter and author. Gary Talley began his...  more
  • Waylon Payne6

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

    Waylon Malloy Payne (born April 5, 1972) is an American country singer, songwriter, musician...  more
  • 7

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Ellen McIlwaine (born October 1, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter and musician best...  more
  • Randy Scruggs8

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Randy Lynn Scruggs (August 3, 1953 – April 17, 2018) was a music producer, songwriter and...  more
  • 9

    Arthur Gunter

    Dec. at 50 (1926-1976)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Arthur Neal Gunter (May 23, 1926 – March 16, 1976) was an American blues guitarist and...  more
  • Norman Blake10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, Chattanooga, USA

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  • 11

    Frank Stokes

    Dec. at 67 (1888-1955)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWhitehaven, Memphis, Tennessee

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  • Bill Black12

    Bill Black

    Dec. at 39 (1926-1965)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Guitars PlayedFender Precision Bass

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  • Eric Gales13

    Eric Gales

    Age: 45

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Eric Gales (born October 29, 1974), also known as Raw Dawg, is an American blues-rock...  more
  • Luther Dickinson14

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 901, Tennessee, Shelby County, United States of America, United States

    Luther Andrews Dickinson (born January 18, 1973 in Memphis, Tennessee) is the lead guitarist...  more
  • Harold Bradley15

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Harold Ray Bradley (January 2, 1926 – January 31, 2019) was an American guitarist and...  more
  • 16

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Paul Worley (born February 16, 1950 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American record producer...  more
  • 17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Bruce Allan Bouillet (; born February 3, 1965, in Memphis, TN) is a guitarist who played in...  more
  • Shawn Lane18

    Shawn Lane

    Dec. at 40 (1963-2003)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • Abu Talib19

    Abu Talib

    Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • Mark Warner20
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  • Brownie McGhee21

    Brownie McGhee

    Dec. at 81 (1915-1996)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains, United States of America, United States

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  • 22

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • Luther Perkins23

    Luther Perkins

    Dec. at 40 (1928-1968)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • Luther Tucker24

    Luther Tucker

    Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • Doug Wamble25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceClarksville, Tennessee

    Doug Wamble (born Samuel Douglas Wamble, October 22, 1972) is an American jazz guitarist and...  more