Rory Gallagher – The Best Guitarist In The World?

By Karan Patel (Simple Complex Continuity)

Jimi Hendrix was asked after his \m/ performance at Woodstock, 1969, by some unknown reporter:

“How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world?”

Jim Hendrix replied “Umm, I don’t know… Ask Rory Gallagher”

I was sort of stunned. Wait, did Hendrix just cite an influence or is he actually saying Rory Gallagher is the best guitarist in the world? I know, this is a subjective matter and if I say it or you say it, it does not mean much, but what the hell…Hendrix is saying it!

So I checked out one album and all that is available on Youtube, Grooveshark etc and this man is just pure guitar madness, and I have been tripping on it since the last two months. I haven’t heard such powerful blues and rock mixed into one alloy ever before. I agree this artist is not for everyone. He is more for guitar lovers, but he also has a lot of harmonica in his material, if you are into that.

Also, since this listen, I am trying to get deeper into what influenced him, which is African-American blues of 1940s-60s… I have been listening to that stuff too and it’s great and I really intend to write more on those folks once I get a better idea of it all and bring them to surface, because that’s what has influenced all the music we listen to today, and it definitely deserves a great amount of recognition.

Rory Gallagher is absolute must listen for any guitar freak. The squeals, the tone, the chords, the shredding, the bass, the drums and the harmonica is so well done that it is almost unbelievable this man was not above the likes of Paul Gilbert, etc.

I will leave you with this reading:


Please do check it out.

There is enough material on you tube to start with… I like it all equally to specifically point a song

He also has a lot of great acoustic numbers.

5 Responses to “Rory Gallagher – The Best Guitarist In The World?”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    April 11, 2012 at 22:55

    Yes, and i am sure that you will get many replies that Rory Gallagher is The Best Guitarist in the world and he IS, I must admit that his voice takes a lot to be admired but the guitar playin overpowers that greatlly and really the voice does not matter cause he was such a fantastic gutarist. And to be No 57 on the rollingstones guitar list is a Pixx take, cause he was far better than Clapton Dare i say it Mark Knopfler and the likes. This is all because of the shxt industry of music that we have nowadays. Thankyou. I love Rory gallagher. Listen for yourself DON’T FORGET IRISH 74 TOUR.


  2. 2 trevor king
    June 18, 2012 at 00:21

    Rory was very influenced by his Irish celtic roots, you can here that in a lot of his work.


  3. 3 Anonymous
    July 12, 2012 at 19:00

    Rory Gallagher was the greatest live performer of his generation, I was lucky to see him play several times in the seventies an eighties and he was a genius, his feel touch and sound were unique, and he was a trailblazer for so many guitarists that followed. In my humble opinion only Hendrix could lay down a challenge to the Irish maestro, Clapton Beck & Page, fine players they are, but Gallagher didn’t need singers, songwriters or superstar band members to help him shine, just his old strat and an ac30 flat out , he’d do the rest. Check out Rory if you’ve never heard him play, I’m so jealous, you got it all to come, enjoy!


  4. December 3, 2012 at 22:31

    I’ve also heard that Jimi said this after the Hyde Park concert and after the Isle of Wight festival, and that he said it about Phil Keaggy too. The point is, he didn’t say it at all, it’s a myth, an apocryphal tale.

    Personally, i love Rory, he was the best blues-rock guitarist ever (IMHO), and i would love to think that Jimi said this, but, alas, he didn’t.


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