Originally posted by MrHand
Broad category, I think it might be better to break it down...
for me, greatest song writer: Greg Brown
best acoustic (folk) guitarist: Leo Kottke
other categories...I don't know
In folk, Greg Brown is really good but John McCutcheon does a nice job in the songwriting department. As for guitar, Leo is also great but listen to Rory Block or Martin Simpson or Al Petteway, he is one infrappingcredible guitarist. Also in a bit different field than Kottke, Norman Blake is a national treasure in old timey guitar. Another great white blues player is Stefan Grossman, he lived in the Bronx and got lessons, a lot of lessons from the great Reverand Gary Davis ( I got one lesson from him also). So did Rory Block, her dad was Allan Block who had a sandle shop in the Bronx and all the blues guys hung out there and Rory learned from the age of 5 from the masters who came in and also from Stefan Grossman. Her debut was at the age of 14 at Carnegie Hall! She and Stefan were supposed to do a blues fingerpicking duo, so they were doing it and Rory, age 14, starts in singing the song they were playing, the audience went wild! She is a virtuoso acoustic blues player. My teacher was a master also, Mike Stewart, AKA Backwards Sam Firk, RIP, he died just last year, massive heart attack at the age of 64. Another master player is Bob Brozman, you can see a lot of these people at Homespuntapes.com, here is a link, they all have lesson DVD's there: