The defiant waterfall riff goes from the neck to the end of the fingerboard. Time to practice if ya wanna get this one right.
The Playlist Special: Top Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10
"Some people dismiss blues solos as simple – but the complexity that lies between the lines is baffling," says Gibbons. "I've listened to these songs since I was 13. I keep going back and back."
Listen: Billy Gibbons' Top Blues Guitar Songs
1."Hide Away" | Freddie King, 1961
2."The Freeze" | Albert Collins, 1958
A smoking instrumental, simple and engaging.
3."Stormy Monday Blues" | Bobby Bland, 1962
A showcase for Wayne Bennett. His solo oozes like thick goo.
4."Shotgun Rider" | Freddie Roulette, 1968
Playing behind "Bo Dudley," an interpreter of Bo Diddley, he rips a staccato steel-guitar solo.
5."Sunnyland" | Elmore James, 1954
He relies on his tried-and-true "Dust My Broom" riff, but this is the way to experience him.
6."I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down" | Mike Henderson, 1996
A slippery, string-slingin' slidebar thrashin'.
7."Still a Fool" | Muddy Waters and Little Walter, 1951
Muddy and Little Walter duet for a mesmerizing give-and-take.
8."How Blue Can You Get?" | B.B. King, 1964
B.B.'s tone is righteous. He shows you how an electric guitar can set you free.
9."Astral Projection Blues" | Jimmie Vaughan, 1998
He takes the blues past 12-bar progression and into the ether.
10."Boogie In The Dark" | Jimmy Reed, 1954
A slide solo sometimes credited to Reed on slide or steel guitar, or Eddie Taylor on both. As the saying goes, "I digs it!"