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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
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Texas
age 86
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
Dec. 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
age 77
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
age 37
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
Dec. 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
age 74
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 65
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
age 36
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
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
Dec. 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 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 72
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
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
Dec. 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
age 70
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 53
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
age 37
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
age 38
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