Celebrating James Edward Burton (born August 21, 1939), an American guitarist born in Dubberly, Louisiana. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has performed with Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, Vince Gill, and Suzi Quatro.
Celebrating Malina Moye (born August 20, 1984), an American guitarist from Minneapolis, MN who fuses rock and soul. She is also a Fender guitar endorsee, a model, actress, and entrepreneur.
Celebrating Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), also known as Dimebag Darrell, an American guitarist from Arlington, TX. He co-founded the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan.
Celebrating Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist born in Austin, TX. His tune “Cliffs of Dover” won a Grammy Award in 1991. Guitar Player magazine has called him “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet”.
Celebrating Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938), an American blues singer and guitarist born in Hazlehurst, MS. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a talent that has influenced generations of musicians.
Celebrating Julian Alexander Bream, CBE (July 15, 1933 – August 14, 2020), an English virtuoso classical guitarist and lutenist born in Battersea, London, UK.
Celebrating Leroy “Roy” Buchanan (September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988), an American guitarist and blues musician from Ozark, AR. He was a pioneer of the Telecaster sound who never achieved stardom, but is still considered a highly influential guitar player. Guitar Player magazine praised him as having one of the “50 Greatest Tones of All Time.”
Celebrating Leonard Harold “Lenny” Breau (August 5, 1941 – August 12, 1984), born in Auburn, Maine, but moved with his family to Canada in 1948. He employed fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar. A documentary entitled The Genius of Lenny Breau was produced in 1999 which includes interviews with Chet Atkins, Ted Greene, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Leonard Cohen, and Randy Bachman.
Celebrating Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, an American guitarist and inventor. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar and many recording innovations.
Celebrating Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991), an American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company and later founded two other musical instrument companies. The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s onward are still widely used: the Fender Telecaster (1950) was the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar; the Stratocaster (1954); the Precision Bass (1951), and the Bassman amplifier.