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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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  • 1
    Carl Smith

    Carl Smith

    Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 2
    Chet Atkins

    Chet Atkins

    Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLuttrell, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Duane Allman

    Duane Allman

    Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Guitars PlayedGibson Les Paul

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    Carl Perkins

    Carl Perkins

    Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTiptonville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • 5

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 6
    Waylon Payne

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

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  • 7

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

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  • 8
    Randy Scruggs

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

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  • 9

    Arthur Gunter

    Dec. at 50 (1926-1976)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

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  • 10
    Norman Blake

    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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  • 12
    Bill Black

    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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  • 13
    Eric Gales

    Eric Gales

    Age: 45

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 14
    Luther Dickinson

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 15
    Harold Bradley

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

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  • 17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 18
    Shawn Lane

    Shawn Lane

    Dec. at 40 (1963-2003)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 19
    Abu Talib

    Abu Talib

    Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 20
    Mark Warner
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  • 21
    Brownie McGhee

    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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  • 23
    Luther Perkins

    Luther Perkins

    Dec. at 40 (1928-1968)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 24
    Luther Tucker

    Luther Tucker

    Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

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  • 25
    Doug Wamble

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceClarksville, Tennessee

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