Celebrating Jessie Mae Hemphill (October 18, 1923 – July 22, 2006), an American electric guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist specializing in the North Mississippi hill country blues traditions of her family and regional heritage.
Celebrating Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017), an American guitarist from St. Louis, MO and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.
Celebrating Mary Bozana Timony (born October 17, 1970), an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Washington, D.C. Timony’s music is often heavy and dark, frequently using drones, beats, and modal melodies reminiscent of European Medieval music.
Celebrating Cordell Jackson (July 15, 1923 – October 14, 2004), an American guitarist thought to be the first woman to produce, engineer, arrange and promote music on her own rock and roll music label. She was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi and died in Memphis, Tennessee.
Celebrating Philip Kunia “Gabby” Pahinui (April 22, 1921 – October 13, 1980), a slack-key guitarist and singer of Hawaiian music.
Celebrating Janice Lynn “Jan” Kuehnemund (November 18, 1961 – October 10, 2013), an American lead guitarist who founded the all-female hard rock/glam metal band Vixen in St. Paul in 1971.
Celebrating Polly Jean Harvey, MBE (born October 9, 1969) known as PJ Harvey, an English guitarist, singer-songwriter, writer, poet and composer. Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist and saxophone player.
Celebrating Peter Palus Cosey (October 9, 1943 – May 30, 2012), an American guitarist from Chicago who played blues and R&B sessions, and experimental jazz with Miles Davis’ band between 1973 and 1975. His fiercely flanged and distorted guitar invited comparisons to Jimi Hendrix.
Celebrating Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973), an American guitarist from Cotton Plant, AR who made gospel recordings in the 1930s and 1940s that were a precursor of rock and roll. She was among the first popular recording artists to use distortion on her electric guitar.
Celebrating Herbert “Bert” Jansch (November 3, 1943 – October 5, 2011) a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and came to prominence in London in the 1960s as an acoustic guitarist.