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Famous Guitarists from Texas

Updated June 8, 2017 19.5k views104 items

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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  • 1
    Chauntelle Dupree is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Abbott

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  • 3
    Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Buddy Holly

    Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas, United States of America

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy... more on Wikipedia

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Robert Michael Nesmith (born December 30, 1942) is an American musician, songwriter, actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Dimebag Darrell

    Dec. at 38 (1966-2004)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArlington, Texas, United States of America

    Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), best known by his stage name... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Jandek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Jandek

    Age: 74

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Houston

    Jandek is the musical project of Corwood Industries, a record label operating out of Houston,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Johnny "Guitar" Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Johnny "Guitar" Watson

    Dec. at 61 (1935-1996)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    John Watson Jr. (February 3, 1935 – May 17, 1996), known professionally as Johnny "Guitar"... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Dec. at 36 (1954-1990)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Dallas

    Guitars PlayedHamiltone Custom, Fender Stratocaster

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

    Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, vocalist, composer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Sherri DuPree is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTyler, Texas

    Sherri DuPree-Bemis (born December 3, 1983) is a musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Rusty Cooley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Rusty Cooley (born April 27, 1970) is an American guitarist from Houston, Texas, United... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Roy Orbison

    Dec. at 52 (1936-1988)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVernon, Texas, United States of America

    Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Ron Jarzombek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
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  • 15
    Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Johnny Winter

    Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Beaumont

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  • 16
    Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Waylon Jennings

    Dec. at 65 (1937-2002)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLittlefield, Texas, United States of America

    Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced ; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Don Henley

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346

    Barbara Ann Mandrell (born December 25, 1948) is an American country music singer, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Lightnin' Hopkins

    Dec. at 70 (1912-1982)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCenterville, Texas

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346

    William Frederick Gibbons (born December 16, 1949), professionally known as Billy Gibbons, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Cornell Dupree is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Cornell Dupree

    Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    Cornell Luther Dupree (December 19, 1942 – May 8, 2011) was an American jazz and R&B... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas

    Townes Van Zandt

    Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Fort Worth, USA

    John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was... more on Wikipedia

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

    NationalityAustralia

    BirthplaceBristol County, Fall River, North America, United States of America, United States

    Mark Denis Lizotte (born 31 May 1966) is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician, who has... more on Wikipedia

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

    David Cook

    Age: 37

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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