Gibson’s Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists prove that the Blues, like Rock ‘n’ Roll, can never die.
Just like a generation of giants took the torch in the 60’s, a new group took it up in the last decade or so. Here’s the list:
1. Joe Bonamassa
2. John Mayer
3. Jack White
4. Eric Gales
5. Dan Auerbach
6. Davy Knowles
7. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
8. Derek Trucks
9. Jonny Lang
10. Ben Harper
All deserving, and all sources of comfort. The torch is in safe hands.
For my money, Bonamassa is the Eric Clapton of the bunch, standing head and shoulders above the rest. Kinda suprprised to see Derek Trucks as low as #8. He’s good enough for two (three, really) Grammies, plus a long stint with Eric Clapton.
Speaking of Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II would get my nod for the list, as would acoustic guru Harry Manx.
Anyway, it’s all good, and Muddy can rest in peace. And with the likes of Bonamassa, Jack White and The Black Keys out there, my generation can stop fretting about that Led Zeppelin reunion. Don’t need it.