Musicians 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

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Willie Nelson age 85 Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and ...more

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Buddy Holly Died at 23 (1936-1959) Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in ...more

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Michael Nesmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Michael Nesmith age 76 Robert Michael Nesmith is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the pop rock band the Monkees and co-star of the ...more

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Kelly Clarkson age 36 Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as "The Original ...more

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Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Dimebag Darrell Died at 38 (1966-2004) Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside ...more

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Jandek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Jandek age 73 Jandek is the musical project of Sterling Richard Smith, an outsider musician who operates out of Houston, Texas. Since 1978, Jandek has self-released over 70 albums of unusual, often ...more

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Johnny
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Died at 61 (1935-1996) John "Johnny 'Guitar'" Watson, Jr. was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. A flamboyant showman and electric guitarist in the style of T-Bone Walker, ...more

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Stevie Ray Vaughan Died at 36 (1954-1990) Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is ...more

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Eric Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Eric Johnson age 64 Eric Johnson is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, ...more

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Sherri DuPree is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Sherri DuPree age 35 Sherri DuPree-Bemis is a singer-songwriter from Texas. She is most prominently known for being one of the primary vocalists and songwriters for the band Eisley. Dupree-Bemis is also a notable ...more

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Rusty Cooley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Rusty Cooley age 45 Rusty Cooley, is a guitarist from Houston, Texas known for his highly refined guitar technique. He is regarded as one of the fastest guitarists in the United States and a master of the ...more

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Roy Orbison Died at 52 (1936-1988) Roy Kelton Orbison, also known by his nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark ...more

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Ron Jarzombek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek is an American guitarist best known for his work with Austin, Texas progressive metal trailblazers WatchTower, '90s madcap trio, Spastic Ink, and technical extreme metal band ...more

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Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Johnny Winter Died at 70 (1944-2014) John Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live ...more

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Waylon Jennings Died at 65 (1937-2002) Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas ...more

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Don Henley age 71 Don Henley is an actor.

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Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Barbara Mandrell age 70 Barbara Ann Mandrell is an American country music singer and actress. She is known for a series of Top 10 hits and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s that helped her become one of country's most ...more

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Lightnin' Hopkins Died at 70 (1912-1982) Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included ...more

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Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Billy Gibbons age 69 William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, producer and actor, best known as the guitarist of the American rock band ZZ Top. He began his career in the Moving ...more

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Cornell Dupree is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Cornell Dupree Died at 69 (1942-2011) Cornell Luther Dupree was an American jazz and R&B guitarist. He worked at various times with Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis and Steve Gadd, appeared on David Letterman, and wrote ...more

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Townes Van Zandt Died at 53 (1944-1997) John Townes Van Zandt I, best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are ...more

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Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Johnny Diesel age 52 Mark Denis Lizotte, is an American-born Australian musician, who has released material as leader of Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, under his birth name, or by the pseudonym Diesel. Two of ...more

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David Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
David Cook age 36 David Roland Cook is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of the reality television show American Idol. Prior to Idol he released an independent ...more

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Devendra Banhart age 37 Devendra Obi Banhart 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 moved to California as a ...more

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Lloyd Maines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Lloyd Maines age 67 Lloyd Wayne Maines is an American Grammy Award-winning country music record producer, musician and songwriter. He was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and is now based in Bulverde, Texas. ...more

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Joe
Joe "Guitar" Hughes Died at 66 (1937-2003) Joe "Guitar" Hughes was an American blues musician, from Houston, Texas, United States.

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Calvin Russell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Calvin Russell Died at 63 (1948-2011) Calvin Russell was an American blues rock/roots rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.

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David Miner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
David Miner age 73 David Miner, sometimes credited as David Minor, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as a member of Grace Slick's The Great Society in the 1960s. He actually ...more

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James McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
James McMurtry age 56 James McMurtry is an American rock and folk-rock/americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and occasional actor. He performs with veteran bandmates Daren Hess, Cornbread, and Tim Holt. ...more

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Gerry Beckley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Gerry Beckley age 66 Gerald Linford "Gerry" Beckley is a founding member of the band America. Beckley was born to an American father and an English mother. He began playing the piano at the age of three ...more

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Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Charlie Christian Died at 26 (1916-1942) Charles Henry "Charlie" Christian was an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and a key figure in the development of ...more

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Jimmie Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Jimmie Vaughan age 67 Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan is an American blues rock guitarist and singer based in Austin, Texas. He is the older brother of the late Texas blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Several notable ...more

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Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Larry Coryell age 75 Larry Coryell is an American jazz fusion guitarist.

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Chris Whitley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Chris Whitley Died at 45 (1960-2005) Christopher Becker Whitley was an American blues/rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. During his 25 year career he released more than a dozen albums, had two songs in the top 50 of the ...more

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Blind Willie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Blind Willie Johnson Died at 48 (1897-1945) "Blind" Willie Johnson was a gospel blues singer and guitarist. While the lyrics of his songs were usually religious, his music drew from both sacred and blues traditions. It is ...more

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Mark Matejka is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Mark Matejka Mark "Sparky" Matejka is an American Southern rock guitarist. He is probably best known as a guitarist in Lynyrd Skynyrd. He joined the band in 2006, replacing Hughie Thomasson who had ...more

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Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Robert Earl Keen age 62 Robert Earl Keen is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer living in the central Texas hill country. Debuting with 1984's No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length ...more

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Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Freddie King Died at 42 (1934-1976) Freddie King was an influential American blues guitarist and singer. He is often mentioned as one of "the Three Kings" of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King. ...more

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Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Albert Collins Died at 61 (1932-1993) Albert Collins was an American electric blues guitarist and singer with a distinctive guitar style. Collins was noted for his powerful playing and his use of altered tunings and capo. His long ...more

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Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Stephen Stills age 73 Stephen Arthur Stills is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He performed on a professional level in ...more

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T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
T-Bone Walker Died at 65 (1910-1975) Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker was a critically acclaimed American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was an influential pioneer and innovator of the ...more

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Ryan McCombs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Ryan McCombs age 44 Ryan McCombs is a heavy metal vocalist. From 1997 to 2004 he was the vocalist of the metal band SOiL. McCombs has also served as the vocalist for Drowning Pool from 2005 until his departure in ...more

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Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Herb Ellis Died at 89 (1921-2010) Mitchell Herbert "Herb" Ellis was an American jazz guitarist. Perhaps best known for his 1950s membership in the trio of pianist Oscar Peterson, Ellis was also a staple of west-coast ...more

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Johnny Moeller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Johnny Moeller age 48 Johnny Moeller is an American blues guitarist, currently with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, he had early exposure to music in the home, as his father played a little ...more

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Mark Salling is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Mark Salling age 36 Mark Wayne Salling is an American actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. He is known for his role as Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the comedy television series, Glee.

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Justin Furstenfeld is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Justin Furstenfeld age 43 Justin Steward Furstenfeld is a record producer, artist, author, and the lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist of the rock band Blue October.

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Guitar Shorty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Guitar Shorty age 79 Guitar Shorty is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is well known for his explosive guitar style and wild stage antics. Billboard magazine said, “his galvanizing guitar work ...more

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Mason Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Mason Williams age 80 Mason Williams is an American guitarist and composer, best known for his instrumental "Classical Gas". He is also a comedy writer, known for his writing on the Smothers Brothers Comedy ...more

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Lee Roy Parnell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
Lee Roy Parnell age 62 Lee Roy Parnell is an American country music and blues artist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Active since 1990, he has recorded eight studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles ...more