Who Are Your Favorite Under Rated Guitarists?

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  1. AlwaysOptimistic

    AlwaysOptimistic TDPRI Member

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    I interviewed both Rob McNelley and Rick Holmstrom

    Rob had an amazing story about finding his dads tele, years later... and Rick shared a story about his dad's passing that he'd never spoken about publicly. It was VERY moving.

    Here are links if you are interested in listening

    Rob: https://elg.fun/RMcNelley

    Rick: https://elg.fun/RHolmstrom
     
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  2. tonemonster58

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    Samantha Fish
    Barrie Cadogan
    +1 on Buck Dharma
    Lonesome Dave from Foghat
    Rory Gallagher
    Almost forgot Glen Feakin Campbell
     
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    Oh wow I've listened to lots of your podcasts including both of those, always great listening! I'll definitely revisit, particularly Rick H's as I've just lost my mum in the last week..
     
  4. Gorquin

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    Perhaps not under rated but not as well known in the USA is Bill Nelson of Be Bop Deluxe from the UK. He had some great material on albums like "Axe Victim", "Sunburst Finish", "Modern Music" and a few others.

    For under rated guitarist I'd say Dan Fogelberg. I saw him a few times over the years and he typically played most of his guitar riffs pretty close to the album versions.
     
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  5. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    We play Axe Victim (the song) as pack up music after our show, great playing there
     
  6. jdm61

    jdm61 Tele-Holic

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    Most of the guys that I was thinking of have already been mentioned but I didn’t want to kind of give a shout out for Neil Giraldo. If you haven’t heard it already check out the solo in the song precious time. For a little bit of a laugh also listen to the Rick Springfield song Jessie‘s girl. Not a bad solo in that one either.
    Has anyone mentioned Jan Ackerman?
     
  7. jdm61

    jdm61 Tele-Holic

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    Oh, and the late, great Ed King.
     
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    Absolutely! Tasteful rock-solid, ultra-musical, and always interesting, is Steve’s guitar playing. It’s one thing to mention cats relatively few people have heard of. They might very well be truly underrated, but that’s to be expected when they’re not well known.

    But Steve Winwood was already huge (from his stint in the Spencer Davis Group) when he co-founded Traffic, and he achieved superstar status in Blind Faith. Yet by that time he had already laid down some awesome guitar tracks, especially in Traffic.

    So, yeah...for a cat to be that well known but barely ever mentioned as a fine guitarist, he’s possibly one of the most underrated guitarists I can think of.

    While I’m at it, I prolly should mention two others who seldom seem to get much mention, yet have been around a very long time and are very well known — namely Justin Hayward and Jorma Kaukonen.
     
  9. rjtwangs

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    Zally Yanofsky


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  10. DougM

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    Steve Winwood
    Dave Mason
    Paul Cotton
    Kim Simmonds
    Danny Kirwan
    Toy Caldwell
    Bob Welch
    Hershel Yatovitz
    Debbie Davies
     
  11. Kinamrok

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    If you play a Tele, I hope you know The Don Kelley Band from Robert’s in Nashville. If you’re ever in town, you need to see them. His band is legendary for finding some of the best guitar players in the world.

    Here are just three:

    Don Kelley Band with Donato, Trapp, and Hiland:




    Daniel Donato Shows How It’s Done:




    Guthrie Trapp, with interesting shots of Robert’s:




    Johnny Hiland, in a fun and interesting departure to rock with Sammy Hagar:




    Online, you’ll find countless track on YouTube for the band and each individual player, just search them.

    My favorite is Hiland, I doubt that anyone can keep up with him, his pace can reach about 240 beats/minute and he seems to never miss a note, stunning stuff.

    Their albums (no-frills, no label) are sold in the bar and they come up occasionally on eBay, so I would watch for them, and snap them up if you see them. Unbelievable Tele talent. Always ask the Seller for pics of the album’s track list and band line-up, that way you can know which lead guitarist is playing on that particular release.

    And, if you like what you’ve seen so far, check this quick history on Robert’s and The Don Kelley Band and his lead guitar players — but don’t miss the embedded video that features an interesting “performance” by their drummer:

    https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/...hrough-a-window-on-nashvilles-lower-broadway/
     
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    Punky Meadows. I didn’t see him as out of the ordinary in the ‘70s, but his 2016 show at BB Kings in NYC was the epitome of confidence and professionalism.
     
  13. Rasmuth

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    There is only one answer to this question and I stood by it 30+ years ago and I do now.

    Here is the brilliant goodness that was Gary Richrath....

     
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    Rory Gallagher. OK...he was a Strat guy.....but what a technique.
     
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    Ever heard of Tolo Marton? An italian guitarist and composer. He won the Jimi Hendrix International Guitar Competition in Seattle, in 1998. You can find him at www.tolomarton.com.
     
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    Alex Lifeson. Overlooked every single time.
     
  17. Chuck_D_Bones

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    HELL YEAH Bill Nelson! I had the pleasure of seeing Bebop Deluxe back in the day (Modern Music & Drastic Plastic tours). Fantastic playing and composition skills. Check out "Crying to the Sky" on Sunburst Finish and the title track from Axe Victim.
     
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    I remember him consistenly polling pretty highly in GP's reader's poll back in the day. He's even won it twice. I'd think he'd have won it more if he weren't up against EVH.
     
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    How about both of these guys?

     
  20. Andy Summers

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    For sure. He just rarely ever comes up when great guitarist are spoke of. And when you do, most never heard of him.
    He was never flashy plus played with two of the best (IMO) at their game, so he was always kind of overshadowed.
     
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