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.
Celebrating Grace Potter (born June 20, 1983), an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Waitsfield, VT who formed Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in 2002.
Celebrating Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “The Country Gentleman”, an American guitarist and record producer who created the country music style known as the Nashville sound.
Celebrating Ramón Montoya (November 2, 1879 – June 20, 1949), Flamenco guitarist born in Madrid, Spain into a family of Gitano (Romani) cattle traders.
Celebrating Ernest Ranglin OD (born June 19, 1932), a Jamaican guitarist who established his career while working as a session guitarist and music director for various Jamaican record labels.
Celebrating Molly Maher (born 6/18/70) a roots/Americana guitarist from St. Paul, MN. After working at the Podium Guitar Shop in Dinkytown in 1989 and Willie’s American Guitars in 2001, Molly fell in love with the mechanics of guitars and the stories they tell. Maher has been a tireless organizer for guitar festivals in the Twin Cities and an impressive singer, songwriter, and performer beyond.
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Celebrating Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970), an American blues and jazz guitarist and violinist from New Orleans. He was a pioneer of the single-string solo guitar style.
Celebrating Tash Sultana (born June 15, 1995), an Australian multi-instrumentalist, described as a “one-person band,” a “self-taught, singer songwriter, beat boxing, vocalist, guitar tapping, loopologist.”
Celebrating Vicki Genfan (born June 15, 1959), an American guitarist from New York who describes her music as ”folk meets funk”. She blends jazz, funk, pop and world music while using uncommon open tunings and a percussive technique.
Celebrating John Leslie “Wes” Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968), an American jazz guitarist from Indianapolis, IN, known for his distinctive sound by using the side of his thumb to strike the strings. In his short but prolific recording career, he became the most influential jazz guitarist of the 1960s.