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The Indigenous Artists of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Among the greatest of guitar legends in the history of Rock N’ Roll – according to the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine – are a number who are of Indigenous ancestry.

Rolling Stone’s list “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” includes Robbie Robertson, the legendary creator of the electric distorted power chord Link Wray, and Kiowa legend Jesse Ed Davis.

From Indian Country Today’s Rolling Stone Picks Hendrix, Robertson, Wray—and Jesse Ed Davis:

Davis was one of the great guitarists for hire in the late 1960s and early 1970s, playing on records and on stage with true rock royalty. After touring with Conway Twitty and playing on Taj Mahal’s first three albums, he went on to work with George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, and Keith Moon, among many others. When it came time to record his own albums, the friends who showed up to play along told the story of just how essential Davis had become: Contributors to Jesse Davis (1971) included Eric Clapton, Gram Parsons and Leon Russell.

Indeed, each of these three of our guitar-slaying brothers are iconic in their own right and are well-deserving of the recognition!

Here’s Robertson’s classic Somewhere Down the Crazy River: