Bands/Musicians Famous Guitarists from Tennessee

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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 Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)
Carl Milton Smith was an American country music singer. Known as "Mister Country," Smith was the husband of June Carter and Goldie Hill, and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of ...more
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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)
Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins was an American guitarist, occasional vocalist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the ...more
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Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)
Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, co-founder and leader of the The Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and based in the Southeastern ...more
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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)
Carl Lee Perkins was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in 1954. His best-known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". ...more
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Gary Talley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 72
Gary Talley is a celebrated guitarist, singer, songwriter and author. Gary Talley began his career as lead guitarist for the Grammy-nominated group "The Box Tops" who were famous for ...more
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Waylon Payne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 47
Waylon Malloy Payne is an American country singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of the country singer Sammi Smith.
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Ellen McIlwaine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 74
Ellen McIlwaine is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for her career as a slide guitarist.
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Randy Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 66
Randy Lynn Scruggs is a music producer, songwriter and guitarist. He had his first recording at the age of 13. He has won a Grammy Award and was twice named "Musician of the Year" at ...more
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Arthur Gunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 50 (1926-1976)
Arthur Neal Gunter was an American blues guitarist and musician. He was best known for his song "Baby Let's Play House", which was later a hit single for Elvis Presley.
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Norman Blake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 81
Norman Blake is an American instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 60 years Blake has played in a number of folk and country groups. He is considered one of ...more
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Frank Stokes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 67 (1888-1955)
Frank Stokes was an American blues musician, songster, and blackface minstrel, who is considered by many musicologists to be the father of the Memphis blues guitar style.
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Bill Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 39 (1926-1965)
William Patton "Bill" Black, Jr. was an American musician and bandleader who is noted as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Black was the bassist in Elvis Presley's early trio ...more
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Eric Gales is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 45
Eric Gales is an American blues-rock guitarist, originally hailed as a child prodigy. As of 2011 Gales has recorded ten albums on major record labels, and has done session and tribute work. He ...more
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Luther Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 46
Luther Andrews Dickinson is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars and for a time among the many lead guitarists for The Black Crowes. He hosts Guitar Xpress on the ...more
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Harold Bradley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 93
Harold Bradley (January 2, 1926-January 31, 2019) was an American guitarist and entrepreneur, who played on countless country, rock, and pop recordings and produced numerous TV variety shows and ...more
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Paul Worley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 69
Paul Worley is an American record producer and session guitarist, known primarily for his work in country music. Formerly a vice president at Sony BMG, he later joined the staff of Warner Bros. ...more
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Bruce Bouillet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 54
Bruce "Einstein" Bouillet is a guitarist who played in the bands Racer X, The Scream, DC-10, and Epidemic.
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Shawn Lane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 40 (1963-2003)
Shawn Lane was an American musician who released two studio albums and collaborated with a variety of musicians including Ringo Starr, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon ...more
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Abu Talib is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)
Abu Talib was an African American blues and jazz guitarist, singer, and harmonica player.
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Mark Warner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Mark Warner is a musician from Nashville, Tennessee. Primarily a busy session guitarist, songwriter and producer who has contributed to many Rock and Pop music records. Warner has received ...more
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Brownie McGhee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 81 (1915-1996)
Walter Brown McGhee was a Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, best known for his collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry.
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Johnny Echols is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 72
Johnny Echols is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist. He has played in bands with performers such as Little Richard, Billy Preston and Jimi Hendrix, and was the guitarist on many ...more
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Luther Perkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 40 (1928-1968)
Luther Monroe Perkins was an American country music guitarist and a member of the Tennessee Three, the backup band for singer Johnny Cash. Perkins was an iconic figure in what would become known ...more
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Luther Tucker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)
Luther Tucker was an American blues guitarist. While soft spoken and shy, Tucker made his presence known through his unique and clearly recognizable guitar style. Tucker helped to define the ...more
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Doug Wamble is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Tennessee
age 47
Doug Wamble is a film score composer.