Celebrating Paco Peña (born June 1, 1942), a Spanish flamenco composer and guitarist born in Córdoba, Spain as Francisco Peña Pérez
Celebrating David Martin (born May 27, 1969), a Twin Cities guitarist and bassist born in Toledo, OH. Martin plays a wide variety of styles but can often be found playing jazz guitar or as bassist in the salsa band Salsa del Soul. He’s made a number of recordings with Portland, OR guitar-builder Mike Doolin.
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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.
Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist born in Holmes County, Mississippi. He was known as “King of the Slide Guitar” and was noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice.
Celebrating Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua; January 13, 1929 – May 23, 1994), an American jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century.
Celebrating Peter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (born May 19, 1945), best known as the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the rock band the Who.
Celebrating Courtney Cox (born May 18, 1989), an American guitarist and member of the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens.
Celebrating Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, an American blues singer and electric guitarist. King was born on a cotton plantation around Itta Bena and Indianola, Mississippi, and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.
Celebrating “Mother” Maybelle Carter (born Maybelle Addington; May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978) an American country guitarist born in Nickelsville, VA and best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s.
Celebrating Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977), an American blues rock guitarist from New Hartford, NY, who started in 1989. Eleven of his albums have reached the top of the Billboard Blues charts and he’s earned a Grammy Award nomination.