I’ve recently been wondering why I don’t write as much about acoustic guitarists as their plugged-in friends, because the music I listen to probably contains as many acoustic guitars as electric.
Maybe it’s the wow factor of the electric guitar. I dunno.
I don’t even have a Top Ten list. Maybe it’s just too hard.
I mean, where do you start? You could fill the list with the influential blues cats like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or John Lee Hooker. You could fill it with acoustic specialists like James Taylor, Bruce Cockburn, Cat Stevens, Harry Manx, Paul Simon or Donovan. You could easily fill it with players who also play a mean electric guitar, like Clapton, Page, Knopfler, Bonamassa, Neil Young or Colin James.
Hmmm. Plenty of wow factor in all those names.
I guess there’s the “defined the instrument/broke new ground” thing that gets applied to musicians on other instruments. In that case, I suppose my list would be: Leadbelly, Johnson, Broonzy, Taylor, Simon, Donovan, Stevens, Cockburn, Young and Page.
But then I’d be omitting artist I listen to – and wonder, “how did he/she do that?” – a lot. People like Clapton, Harry Manx, Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt.
To hell with lists. I revere all the guitarists mentioned – them, and a lot more.