Celebrating Albert Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known by his stage name Albert King, an American blues guitarist possibly from Indianola, Mississippi, but more likely Aberdeen, whose playing influenced many other guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967.)
Celebrating John Christopher Williams (born April 24, 1941), an Australian virtuosic classical guitarist.
Celebrating Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), an American musician from Minneapolis, MN with a career spanning four decades. Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense, and wide vocal range. His guitar mastery is part of his genius usually lost among his many other talents.
Celebrating Dakota Dave Hull (born 4/19/1950), an international Twin Cities guitarist originally from Fargo, ND, whose American acoustic fingerstyle guitar traverses blues, gospel, ragtime, and folk music styles. A veteran of Minneapolis’ West Bank music scene, Hull’s peers have included Doc Watson, Dave Van Ronk, Utah Phillips, Koerner Ray & Glover, Duck Baker, and others. …
Celebrating Elizabeth Clark “Liz” Phair (born April 17, 1967), an American guitarist and songwriter, born in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1993, she debuted her studio album, Exile in Guyville, ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Celebrating Jenn Wasner (born April 16, 1986) (stage name: Flock of Dimes), one of the founding members of the band Wye Oak, from Baltimore, Maryland.
Celebrating Allan Holdsworth (August 6, 1946 – April 15, 2017), a British guitarist best known for his work in jazz fusion. Holdsworth was known for his vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos using a legato soloing technique stemming from his original desire to play the saxophone.
Celebrating Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018), an American guitarist best known for having hosted the television show Hee Haw. Clark was an important and influential figure in country music.
Celebrating June Millington (born April 14, 1948), a Filipino American guitarist, educator, co-founder and lead guitarist of the all-female rock band Fanny. Millington is the co-founder and artistic director of the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen, Massachusetts.
Celebrating Richard Hugh “Ritchie” Blackmore (born April 14, 1945), an English guitarist born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and founding member of Deep Purple in 1968.