Top Ten Thursdays: The Top Ten Guitarists Right Now

Buddy Guy plays the Arsht Center.
​Blues badass Buddy Guy -- along with Big Easy piano man Dr. John -- performs Friday at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center. A huge influence on Eric Clapton and countless others, Guy continues to elate audience members with his guitar heroics at the grand age of 72. On stage, he looks and performs like a man at least two decades younger. But where does Guy rank with the other guitar stars making the rounds these days? These are the 10 greatest guitarists right now -- or, y'know, my highly objective list of the players currently exciting me.
1. Sonny Landreth

This Louisiana slide guitar master has a singular, fingering-on-the-fret-board style that allows him to coerce myriad sweet, complex sounds from his instrument -- without having to rely on a enough pedals to cover the average-sized stage (yes, that's a dig at The Edge). Here's a live performance of the deep-space blues instrumental "The Milky Way Home," which can be found on Landreth's excellent 2008 album From the Reach.

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Wade Tatangelo