Celebrating Jerry Reed Hubbard (March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008), known professionally as Jerry Reed, an American guitarist and songwriter from Atlanta, GA. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and appeared in the film Smokey and the Bandit.
Celebrating Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990), a Texan born in Dallas, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of Blues in the 1980s.
Celebrating Warren Harding “Sonny” Sharrock (August 27, 1940 – May 25, 1994), an American jazz guitarist from Ossining, NY. He was an early free jazz guitarist in the 1960s and known for his heavily chorded attack, highly amplified bursts of feedback, and saxophone-like lines played loudly on guitar.
Celebrating Allison Rae Robertson (born August 26, 1979), born in North Hollywood, CA, and guitarist for rock bands The Donnas and Chelsea Girls.
Celebrating Ledward Kaapana (born August 25, 1948), a Hawaiian musician from Kalapana, best known for playing in the slack key guitar style. He has received 4 Grammy Award nominations and is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship, which is the highest honor in folk and traditional arts in the United States.
Celebrating Kaki King (born Katherine Elizabeth King, August 24, 1979), an American guitarist from Atlanta, GA, known for her percussive technique, jazz-tinged melodies, use of multiple tunings, and her diverse range in different genres.
Celebrating Mimi Fox (born August 24, 1956), an American jazz guitarist and educator, known internationally for her work. Fox has taught at Yale University, Berklee College of Music, New York University, and has led the guitar department at the California Jazz Conservatory.
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 Debbie Davies (born August 22, 1952), an American blues guitarist from Los Angeles, CA. Besides her solo work, Davies is best known for her playing as a member in Albert Collins’ band.
Celebrating John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001), an American blues singer and guitarist born in Tutwiler, MS who rose to prominence playing an electric guitar adaptation of Delta blues, incorporating a driving-rhythm boogie style, talking blues, and early North Mississippi Hill country blues.