This is not my list (or video) just one "youtuber's" opinion ... but it's a good discussion catalyst ... What do you think?
15. Petteri Sariola
14. Kotaro Oshio
13. Justin King
12. Erik Mongrain
11. Kaki King
10. Peppino D'Agostino
9. Antoine Dufour
8. Andy Mckee
7. Stephen Bennett
6. Steven King
5. Don Ross
4. Chet Atkins
3. Lenny Breau
2. Tommy Emmanuel
1. Michael Hedges
I'm honestly not too familiar with many of these names, but here's a few I think are conspicuously absent:
Nice to see Michael Hedges at #1 though, I listened to "Taproot" so many times in my car as a teenager that I wore the tape out!
I've been a big Michael Hedges fan since his days with Wyndam Hill ... sort of wonder though it Michael Hedges were alive and Tommy Emmanuel were dead, would the choices have been switched?
I'd also like to see Doyle Dykes somewhere on that list.
I agree with you Doyle should be on the list along with Clarence White
I really need to listen to Michale Hedges music! Great as Tommy is I just can't click with his music. John Fahey is great!! Great list.
Marty ... I'm kinda like you ... as much of a virtuoso T. Emmanuel is, I find that a little bit of his music goes a long way for me. I'm that way about most fingerstyle instrumental wizardry. I'm impressed, but quickly bored. That's just me. I recently passed on going to see Tommy Emmanuel live in Raleigh in favor of seeing a little concert by Sarah Jarosz. I'd rather listen to someone like James Taylor, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, or any number of singer songwriters for 30 minutes than these wiz-bang fingerstyle guys all day. Their talent is amazing!! But, it's just not something that interests me a whole lot.
I was a little worried that I'd get bored a bit with TE, but he really does a nice job of mixing talking, anecdotes, and even some teaching along with his music. Plus, he does have a handful of songs where he sings as well, and he does have a nice voice! Personally, I was memorized by his wizardry, however, I was also close enough to be able to see his hands and really tried (somewhat failingly) to analyze some of his songs. No such luck in reproducing any of them, though. :-( He really does a good job of organizing his set list so the audience doesn't get bored, which is often a challenge for instrumental artists.
Kaki King is another one who really does a good job of keeping her performance interesting. She's mostly instrumental, but when I saw her, she was surrounded by (and played) at least 8 instruments, which really helped to keep things interesting. Plus, her off the cuff remarks about various topics were hilarious!
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