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Famous Guitarists from Texas

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

List ranges from Kelly Clarkson to Willie Nelson and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Texas?" and "Who are famous Texas guitarists?"
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Chauntelle Dupree is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 86

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Abbott

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), ...more

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster

Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of ...more

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Michael Nesmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Robert Michael Nesmith (born December 30, 1942) is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the pop rock band the ...more

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 37

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and television personality. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American ...more

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Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 38 (1966-2004)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Arlington, Texas, United States of America

Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), best known by his stage name Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician and songwriter. He was the guitarist of the heavy metal bands ...more

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Jandek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 74

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346, + more

Jandek is the musical project of Corwood Industries, a record label operating out of Houston, Texas. Since 1978, Jandek/Corwood Industries has independently released over 100 albums/DVDs of ...more
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Johnny "Guitar"... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 61 (1935-1996)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

John Watson Jr. (February 3, 1935 – May 17, 1996), known professionally as Johnny "Guitar" Watson, was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. A flamboyant ...more

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 36 (1954-1990)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Guitars Played: Hamiltone Custom, Fender Stratocaster

Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in ...more

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Eric Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Austin

Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. His 1990 album Ah Via Musicom was certified platinum by the RIAA, and the single ...more

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Sherri DuPree is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 36

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tyler, Texas

Sherri DuPree-Bemis (born December 3, 1983) is a musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist from Texas. She is most prominently known for being one of the primary vocalists and songwriters for ...more
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Rusty Cooley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 45

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston

Rusty Cooley (born April 27, 1970) is an American guitarist from Houston, Texas, United States, known for his highly refined guitar technique. He is regarded as one of the fastest guitarists in ...more
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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 52 (1936-1988)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Vernon, Texas, United States of America

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ...more

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Ron Jarzombek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas

Ron Jarzombek is an American guitarist best known for his work with WatchTower, Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science, featuring Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. His most recent project is ...more
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Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Beaumont

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Best known for his ...more

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 65 (1937-2002)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Littlefield, Texas, United States of America

Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced ; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, and ...more

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles ...more

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Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346, + more

Barbara Ann Mandrell (born December 25, 1948) is an American country music singer, musician, and actress. She is known for a long series of country hits in the 1970s and 1980s as well as her own ...more

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 70 (1912-1982)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Centerville, Texas

Samuel John "Lightnin'" Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. Rolling ...more

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Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Texas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346, + more

William Frederick Gibbons (born December 16, 1949), professionally known as Billy Gibbons, and The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and ...more

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Cornell Dupree is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Cornell Luther Dupree (December 19, 1942 – May 8, 2011) was an American jazz and R&B guitarist. He worked at various times with Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis and ...more
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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. He wrote numerous songs, such as "Pancho and Lefty", ...more

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Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 53

Nationality: Australia

Birthplace: Bristol County, Fall River, North America, United States of America, United States, + more

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David Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 37

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

David Roland Cook (born December 20, 1982) is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008. Prior to Idol he released an ...more

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Devendra Obi Banhart (born May 30, 1981) is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he ...more

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