Singer and guitarist Lou Reed is the man behind the super avant-garde rock band Velvet Underground. He, of course, has had a wildly successful career outside of that. His music has been accredited for shaping the evolution of new wave music and punk rock, making him one of the most influential rock musicians in history.
Lou Reed’s traditional guitar styles fused with dark psychedelia on songs like “Sister Ray has earned him a spot on the Rolling Stone Magainze’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.
Adam Jones, who actually went to the same high school as Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, must have also caught the rock bug. As the lead for the iconic progressive metal band Tool, Jones is one of the prominent figures in combining progressive rock melodies with a psychedelic flavor. Tool's masterful musicality has earned them four Grammy Awards.
Formed in 1990, the band has produced only six albums in its 30-year career. They released their sixth album 'Fear Inoculum' in August of 2019, thirteen years after 2006's '10,000 Days.
Nels Cline, the American guitarist and composer from the band Wilco had an illustrious and rich career long before joining the band in 2004. During the 1980s, Cline was mostly playing Jazz, collaborating with his twin brother, who is a percussionist. The guitarist has collaborated with musicians from various genres, such as Thurston Moore and Mike Watt.
Rolling Stones Magazine named him the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time. His best-known guitar work can be heard in Spiders (Kidsmoke)" and "Impossible Germany."
Florida native Mike Campell was one of the key figures in the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Campbell, who co-wrote the band's hits "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl," "You Got Lucky," and "Runnin' Down a Dream." "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl," "You Got Lucky," and "Runnin' Down a Dream" was the band's guitarist for more than 40 years.
All in all, the band, which was formed in 1976, is considered to be the finest and most accomplished group of musicians to walk the earth. Their writing style is strongly related, and their amazing instrumentation got them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
America's folk guitar master was a phenomenal fingerpicked who transcended classic blues. His harmonies expressed total freedom. His guitar style has been largely influential and has been described as the basis of the "American Primitive Guitar."
Sadly, Fahey died at 61 in the year 2001. He will be remembered, first and foremost, for the legacy of his guitar playing but also for his mischievousness and wit. His most iconic hits are "Poor Boy" and "The Yellow Princess."