Celebrating Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012), an American guitarist born in Deep Gap, NC. His fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar skills made him an influential figure in the bluegrass and folk guitar world.
Celebrating John Aloysius Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001), an American fingerstyle guitarist described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar. John Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music.
Celebrating Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez (December 21, 1947 – February 25, 2014), known as Paco de Lucía, a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, and a leading proponent of the new flamenco style who crossed over successfully into other genres.
Celebrating Ryo Kawasaki (February 25, 1947 – April 13, 2020), a Japanese jazz fusion guitarist best known as one of the first to develop the fusion genre, and for helping to develop the guitar synthesizer in collaboration with Roland Corporation and Korg. In the mid-1980s, Kawasaki drifted out of performing music in favor of writing music software for computers.