Guitar Magazine routinely publishes a list of the great axe men in rock and metal music. Rolling Stone Magazine has counted down the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time including names like Hendrix, Clapton, Santana, Van Halen, Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Just because country music doesn’t always feature the guitar solo that genre is often overlooked by these publications. But James Burton, Buck Owens, and Waylon Jennings are all legendary “pickers” who set the stage for modern country’s current guitar heroes.
“SHE’S EVERYTHING” Brad Paisley (Live Version)
Nine studio albums where each featured at least one guitar jam! Brad’s “Play” CD included collaborations with B.B. King, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill, Jimmie Dickens, and Albert Lee among others. Instrumental Grammy Awards and The Orville H. Gibson Guitar Award are just a few of the accolades handed down to Brad and his amazing Fender Telecaster solos. and. Here’s an extended take on “She’s Everything” as evidence of Brad’s amazing tone and style. On a side note, Brad has been playing with new equipment since the Nashville flood of 2010 which destroyed most of his priceless guitar collection.
“NOBODY DRINKS ALONE” Keith Urban
If you’ve ever seen a Keith Urban concert, you already realize that Keith could be the lead guitarist for any rock band today. Keith admits that Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac are his biggest guitar influences. Before finding his way to Nashville, Keith’s early work stressed his musicianship over his smooth vocals and leading man looks. The latter half of “Nobody Drinks Alone” contains a jaw-dropping guitar solo.
“TRYING TO GET OVER YOU” Vince Gill
Even from just his latest CD, Guitar Slinger, Vince Gill continues to hold on strong to the title of country music’s greatest guitar hero today. Since his early days with the Pure Prairie League, Vince Gill’s been lauded for his amazing voice and equally impressive guitar skills. Mark Knopfler even invited Vince to join Dire Straits, now that’s saying something! Whether it’s traditional country, bluegrass, R&B, to even rock music, Vince has mastered his craft like no other. His melodic style and signature sound has been winning awards for decades.