[quote=“joesax”][quote=“joesax”]Leadbelly. He had an innovative approach to using the guitar as a rhythm instrument.[/quote]Alright. A bit more of the “why”.
Even on those scratchy old recordings, you notice that Leadbelly’s playing has tremendous volume and power. It is like a whole rhythm section just by itself. He never stays in the same chord position either. He constantly changes so it’s like a walking bass.
Another favourite; any of the decent flamenco guitarists. What they do is amazing. Rhythmically complex, technically extremely demanding, yet very expressive.[/quote]
I’ll second Leadbelly. He was an innovator with no one to follow.
My measuring stick is based on innovation, and for the life of me, and I know I’m incredibly biased, but Jerry Garcia is the most innovative geetarist I’ve ever heard…guitar, banjo, pedal steel…he gave each one a sound that was easily recognizable as his own.
I saw a Dead show where I honestly, and soberly, did not know if he was singing or playing. He was playing BTW.