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. He was one of the first flamenco guitarists to cross over successfully into other genres of music such as classical and jazz.
Celebrating Albert Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known by his stage name Albert King, an American blues guitarist from Indianola, Mississippi, whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967.)
Celebrating Robben Ford (born December 16, 1951) an American blues, jazz, and rock guitarist. He was a member of the L.A. Express and Yellowjackets, and was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine.
Celebrating John Laird Abercrombie (December 16, 1944 – August 22, 2017) an American jazz guitarist from Port Chester, NY whose work explored jazz fusion, free jazz, and avant-garde jazz.
Celebrating Manuel Barrueco (born December 16, 1952), a Cuban classical guitarist who teaches at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Celebrating Christopher William Parkening (born December 14, 1947) an American classical guitarist. He holds the Chair of Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University.
Celebrating Carlos García Montoya (December 13, 1903 – March 3, 1993) in Madrid, Spain, a prominent flamenco guitarist and a founder of the modern-day popular flamenco style of music.
Celebrating James Stanley “Jim” Hall (December 4, 1930 – December 10, 2013) an American jazz guitarist. Premier Guitar magazine stated that “It could be argued that the jazz guitar tree is rooted in four names: Django, Charlie, Wes, and Jim”.
Celebrating Katherine Lynne “Kat” Bjelland (born December 9, 1963) an American guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter of the alternative rock band Babes in Toyland, which she formed in Minneapolis, MN in 1987.
Celebrating Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), also known as Dimebag Darrell, an American guitarist who co-founded the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan.