15 Best Country Guitar Players Today - Updated April 2023

Top three country guitarist, Sarah Zimmerman, Charlie Worsham, and Austin Crum.
Top three country guitarist, Sarah Zimmerman, Charlie Worsham, and Austin Crum.( Source : facebook )

Best Country guitar players are 1. Charlie Worsham 2. Keith Urban, and 3. Marcus King. An acoustic guitar is significantly used in Country music.

There are hundreds of country songs using the guitar as the major musical instrument. if you are a beginner learning to play guitar, country music can be the best place to start. However, some legendary guitarists from this genre have made the difficulty level way high with their extraordinary skills. 

With their immense fame, such guitarists are among the most successful and famous. Some are born with natural talents, while some learn through dedication and hard work, grinding for years.

Young and critically acclaimed greatest guitarists introduced in country music over the past few decades are discussed here. 

In this article, we have a list of the 15 best country guitar players who are popular in 2023.

15. Sarah Zimmerman

Striking Matches Sarah Zimmerman performed on day 3 in C2C festival at The O2 Arena on March 13, 2016 in London, England.
Striking Matches Sarah Zimmerman performed on day 3 in C2C festival at The O2 Arena on March 13, 2016 in London, England.( Source : gettyimages )

Sarah Zimmerman is an American singer and guitarist of the country duo group Striking Matches. The band is formed by two members, Sarah and Justin Davis.

In 2007, the pair first met while taking a guitar class at Belmont University based in Nashville. After that, they began to work together by combining their talents at Nashville Bluebird Cafe. Before that, they quit school to focus on a musical career.

After thriving for years, they self-released their first EP, Striking Matches, on October 2, 2012. Finally, after two years, Sarah and Davis released their debut album, Nothing But Silence,  which peaked at the US country chart at no. 25 on March 23, 2015, with the IRS Record label.

This way, they together released two new EPs, Morning and Noon in 2019 and Night on March 27, 2020, with the Tonal Tree Music.

Gorgeous Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis of Striking Matches attended the Innovation In Music Awards on June 3, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Additionally, the pair performed in various events and awards functions, including Hunter Hayes's 2nd Annual CMA Awards Week Street Party on November 2, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sarah is also active on Instagram with 567 followers under the handle @therealsz. We can take a look at captivating IG feeds.

14. Clare Dunn

Clare is a famous Nashville based singer and electrifying musician
Clare is a famous Nashville based singer and electrifying musician( Source : instagram )

Colorado-based Clare Dunn is a country music singer and guitarist. 

The 35-year-old Dunn performed for Y100's Bra Country Concert at the new "Backstage At The Meyer" on October 14, 2015, in downtown Green Bay to support the Breast Cancer Family Foundation.

Clare has worked with many notable stars, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Bob Seger, Trace Adkins, and Hank Williams Jr.

Clare moved to Nashville and began to work as a back vocalist in Luke Bryan's single Country Girl (Shake It For Me)."

She later released her debut single, Get Out, on December 17, 2013, and specifically became the best independent female musical artist in the row country breakout chart in ten years. She released another single the following year Cowboy Side Of You. 

On September 18, 2015, Clare released self-titled Eps through MCA Nashville recording label, selling over 8600 albums and CDs, compiled of five songs, including Ferrari, Tuxedo, Move On, and Old Hat, including her second single.

Nevertheless, internet celeb Clare is highly active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, she has a YouTube channel with 23.5k subscribers as of 2023, where she shares her official musical videos, albums, and singles.

13. Brent Mason

Singer Brent Mason played guitar at an event in 2017
Singer Brent Mason played guitar at an event in 2017( Source : facebook )

Nashville native Brent Mason is a celebrated recording studio guitarist and songwriter. According to Guitar World's monthly music magazine, he is among the top 10 session guitarists.

Music mogul Chef Atkins mentored and introduced him to the music world before his death. 

The 63-year-old Mason was inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum (MHOF) in 2019 and was named Guitarist of the Year by the ACM (Academy Of Country Music). 

Aside from releasing two instrumental studio albums as a guitarist, Mason also holds several songwriting credits. He plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, gut string guitar, and six-string bass guitar.

Grammy Award winner Brent is a two-time CMA Award Musician of the Year. "Brent Mason" promotes guitar models by two different guitar manufacturers. The "Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster" was launched on August 11, 2020.

12. Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee posed while playing acoustic guitar in Fort Collins, Colorado
Matthew Lee posed while playing acoustic guitar in Fort Collins, Colorado ( Source : instagram )

Matthew Lee is a 45-year-old guitarist and a musical book author. He has been widely known as the hottest guitarist in Tennessee over the past few decades.

Matthew quickly fell in love with musical instruments at age 15 when he started to play guitar. After that, he began to showcase his musical talents in church and nightclubs.

Regarding Lee's academic details, he studied music merchandising and recording technology at the Wisconsin University Oshkosh, where he took classical guitar lessons. In 2003, he received a bachelor's degree and got Honorary Recitalist Award.

Many genres of expert singers from different states all over the US enrolled in the musical sector. However, Matthew has set a prolific remark in the downtown scene for the Travis Mann band and the Don Kelly Band, among others.

Besides that, Matthew served as a band leader for Outlaw Artist Shooter Jennings and was featured with Shooter and Jessi Colter. 

On January 31, 2017, Matthew released his debut EP "Musical Tattoo," showing his writing and music skills. Per County Guitar Players, Matthew's first book, Nashville Hot Picking, was originally published in July 2021. 

Lee is an excellent music teacher since his demand is the highest these days, and his free courses are easily accessible on the Truefire YouTube channel.

11. Austin Crum

Austin posed at Walter State event on August 30, 2017
Austin posed at Walter State event on August 30, 2017( Source : instagram )

Austin Crum is a 22-year-old Nashville-based guitarist and country music artist. On Instagram, Crum describes himself as a Christian session musician and a lead guitarist for Josh Turner.

Per Music Radar, Austin is a self-proclaimed musical artist who played in the band alongside his dad and cousin. He got praised by Nashville fans since his techniques and styles are mindblowing.

On Austin Crum Enterprise and Music's Facebook page, he shared a short 34 seconds clip on June 26, 2016. In the video, renowned singer and musician Vince Gill told Austin that he had seen him on YouTube and was a monster. Brent Mason called him "the new breed."

Nevertheless, Austin is also available on Instagram (over 2k fans) and Twitter under the handle @austincrumaec. Additionally, he has a self-named  YouTube channel created on August 22, 2009, with 1.14k subscribers as of 2023. He usually shared cover song videos and shorts on this platform.

10. Frankie Ballard

Frankie shared a thankful post to Drake White Stomp for inviting him into the barn on October 8, 2020 via Instagram
Frankie shared a thankful post to Drake White Stomp for inviting him into the barn on October 8, 2020 via Instagram( Source : instagram )

Country music guitarist Frankie Ballard was born and raised in Michigan, the US. He is a powerhouse in music as a singer, lyricist, and guitar player.

40-year-old Ballard has released three studio albums, one from Reprise Record label and two from Warner Bros Records, Frankie Ballard, Sunshine & Whiskey, and EI Rio, in 2011, 2014, and 2016 respectively.

Some of his singles that peaked in US charts positions are A Buncha Girls (2011), Helluva Life (2013), Sunshine & Whiskey (2014), It All Started With A Beer and Young & Crazy in same year 2015, and the last You'll Accomp'ny Me (2017).

Did you know? Frankie was a keen baseball player at Mott Community College. He played in the NCAA while studying at Western Michigan University. 

The handsome singer Frankie's YouTube channel has 66k subscribers and over 49 million views as of February 2023. So check out his official music video on this video-making platform.

9. Lindsay Elizabeth EII

Lindsay is in New York City watching live basketball game
Lindsay is in New York City watching live basketball game( Source : instagram )

Lindsay Elizabeth EII is a Canadian-American country music guitarist, pop singer, and songwriter. 

She had had a keen interest in musical instruments since childhood, which later became her passion and boosted her career at age 15 when she met Bachman.

Pop singer Lindsay is inspired by her dad's guitar collection at her house when she was young. She was eight when she switched her interest from piano to guitar. 
Lindsay said, "Guitar plays a major role in her life." She started writing folk music at age 10. 

The 33-year-old attended Berklee College of Music and studied music to pursue her career in music in Boston. She is now an American citizen as of December 2022. 

Canadian guitarist Randy Bachman found Lindsay and is impressed by her musical skills. Bachman described her as the most talented artist he had ever met. Lindsay, then 15, worked under his wings and released a song, Consider This, released in 2006.

At age 21, EII moved to Nashville and signed a music record deal with Stoney Creek Records. In 2008, EII went on a tour with Blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

From 2008 to 2020, Lindsay released five studio albums, including The Project (2017),  The Continuum Project (2018), and Heart Theory (2020).

The award-winning artist Lindsay won multiple CCMA awards and accolades throughout her career.

Since 2003, Lindsay has been honing her musical career, becoming the most influential artist of the year in 2021.

8. Luke McQueary

Luke McQueary is the member of Don Kelley's band
Luke McQueary is the member of Don Kelley's band( Source : youtube )

Luke McQueary is known for his work as a Don Kelley's band guitarist. Luke attended an extended interview with Truetone Lounge podcast host Zac Childs on December 27, 2022. 

In the video, he talked about his early life before fame and his journey with Don Kelley. He also revealed how Don's tutelage improved his musical career as a musician and performer. 

Though Don Kelley is now retired, the tradition remains with Kelley's Heroes Wednesday through Saturday, 6:30 -10:30 PM at Robert's Western World. 

Per Luke's recent Facebook post, Don Kelley Band has returned for two nights, March 17 and 18, at Robert's Western World. The excellent Kelley members will again perform on stage with Joe Fick, Bill Van Vleet, and Luke. He ended the post with It is going to be a Helluva weekend.

In 2017, Luke joined Don Kelley's band, according to his FB records.

The telecaster Luke has a YouTube channel with 1.02k subscribers as of 2023. However, only five videos, including cover song videos, are uploaded on this platform.

7. Marcus King

Marcus and his band upcoming performance announcement in San Diego on October 9, 2022
Marcus and his band upcoming performance announcement in San Diego on October 9, 2022( Source : instagram )

Country guitarist Marcus King has recently made headlines since he married his beau Briley Hussey, aged 31, on Sunday in a lavish wedding ceremony in Nashville, reported Daily Mail.

King is a multitalented personality as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is primarily known as the leading vocalist and guitarist of the southern R&B Marcus King band formed in 2013. 

Born and raised in musical family background, Marcus received a nomination for his 2020 album EI Dorado at the 63rd Grammy Awards. The album peaked no.142 on the US Billboard 200 list.

Marcus released his second studio album on August 26, 2022, produced by Dan Auerbach. His few singles from both albums, like The Well, One Day She's Here, Hard Working Man, and Blood On The Tracks, ranked in the US chart.

At age 8, Marcus began to perform alongside his dad and gained experience. He was 11 when he appeared in one of his father's albums. During his teenage years, he self-launched a band, juggled in several club gigs at night, and performed in school in the morning.

Marcus dropped out of high school in his freshman to focus on music full-time. His career skyrocketed in 2014 after one of his jamming videos went viral on YouTube.

6. Hunter Hayes

Hunter requested his fans to listen and like his new video via his new IG post on Jan 26, 2023
Hunter requested his fans to listen and like his new video via his new IG post on Jan 26, 2023( Source : instagram )

Multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes is a prolific singer and songwriter. In addition, he is an expert in playing several musical instruments, including guitar, piano, and accordion, among 27 others.

Country pop singer Hunter released a self-titled album on October 11, 2011, through Atlantic record label, followed by four other albums, Storyline (2014), The 21 Project (2015), Wild Sky (2019), and his latest album Red Sky all set to release in April 2023.

Per records, Hunter wrote and played every single track of his self-titled debut album by himself, and the album received platinum RIAA certifications on August 8, 2013.

Since the 2000s, Hayes went on various musical tours with Ashley Monroe in 2013 and Levi Hummon and Tegan Marie in 2019. In 2011, Hayes went on the Speak Now World Tour with Taylor Swift.

The 31-year-old Hunter is highly active on social media platforms, including Twitter. His million fan followers love his music and give positive feedback on his impressive instrument-playing skills.

5. Luke Gallagher

Country guitarist Luke played acoustic guitar with AC Hopkins and Jabe Burgees in December 2022 in Nashville
Country guitarist Luke played acoustic guitar with AC Hopkins and Jabe Burgees in December 2022 in Nashville ( Source : facebook )

Australian native Luke Gallagher is a singer and guitarist currently residing in Nashville. He is juggling between Australia and Nashville, exploring and performing in several music festivals and clubs. 

On February 9, 2023, Luke performed at the live music venue, The Duke Of George, in Nashville. He even shared a post for musical promotions on Instagram.

In addition, Luke has performed in the Twelve Thirty Club for eight hours in Nashville, TN.

The social media star Luke is active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. His eponymous YouTube channel was created on August 29, 2010, with 2.69k subscribers as of February 2023.

Luke and Ashleigh Croft uploaded a cover song video of Chris Young's Think Of You nine months ago. The viewers have played the video over 12 thousand times. Besides that, Gallagher has shared multiple cover songs of top-notch artists like Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, and so on.

4. Keith Urban

Keith Urban is the judge of the Voice of Australia
Keith Urban is the judge of the Voice of Australia( Source : instagram )

Keith Urban is a prominent country guitarist and singer. He is mainly known for judging the Australian reality singing competition series The Voice of Australia with Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, and Seal. Also, he was the former judge of American Idol and Slim and I. 

Urban announced in 2013 that he would sell signed guitars and other accessories through HSN (Home Shopping Network). The collected amount is distributed to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and the Grammy Foundation. The offer is organized twice in six months with almost 42000 sales.

Since 1990, the phenomenal artist Urban has released a dozen albums, including The Speed of Now Part 1 (2020) and Graffiti U (2018).

In 2004, Uban went on a solo musical tour for the first time on CMT Tour: Keith Urban Be Here '04. His 13th headlining concert to support his last studio album, The Speed Of Now Part 1, started on April 28, 2022, and ended on December 17, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia.

3. Sol Philcox-Littlefield

Sol Philcox Littlefield with his lover Maggie Baugh
Sol Philcox Littlefield with his lover Maggie Baugh( Source : instagram )

Uk-based country guitarist Sol Philcox-Littlefield is an aspiring artist who moved to Nashville on a visa. He started doing live shows and steadily transitioned to the studio world. 

At age 18, Sol left his hometown in England and traveled to Nashville to pursue his career in music.

Sol revealed that his all-time favorite player is Brent Mason during his Q&A session on his Instagram story. Before moving to Nashville, Littlefield took private lessons while studying at high school. As of this writing, he worked as a session artist and a song developer.

Per Music Radar, Littlefield operates a small studio and can play multiple instruments used in country music. As a part of the musical genre, he can play, produce, and develop songs. You can catch him touring with the incomparable Wheeler Walker Jr.

His Instagram page @soloftheearth has over five thousand followers with over one thousand posts as of 2023.

2. Vince Gill

Vince Gill is performing live at Steven Tanger Center on July 9, 2022
Vince Gill is performing live at Steven Tanger Center on July 9, 2022( Source : instagram )

Vince Gill, born by the full name Vincent Grant Gill, is a celebrated country music singer and guitarist. He also writes songs.

Before becoming a solo artist, Vin worked as a frontman for the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s by combining four musical expertise.

From 1978 to 1982, Gill worked as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with the reputed rock band. He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and violin.

Gill has gained notoriety nationwide, with over one million followers on social media and selling over 26 million albums. 

In 1985, Vince released his debut album, The Things That Matter. Since then, he has released over twenty albums and over 40 singles charted on the US Billboard. 

Regarding his accolades, Vince has won 22 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. 

Per Vince's Wikipedia page, Gill is now part of the American rock band The Eagles alongside Deacon Frey. The Eagles called them off in 2017 after the passing of the late Glenn Frey.

1. Charlie Worsham

Charlie shared some images for the two weeks celebration of Sugarcane release on July 31, 2021
Charlie shared some images for the two weeks celebration of Sugarcane release on July 31, 2021( Source : instagram )

Charlie Worsham is a country guitarist and singer from Nashville, TN. He recently signed to Warner Bros Record label. 

The 33-year-old is the former member of the Americana string band called Old Crow Medicine Show and currently became a member of Dierks Bentley's tour.

Moving on to his academics, Charlie joined Grenada High School and then Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Waiting On You singer Worsham recorded and released his debut single, Could It Be, in January 2013 by Warner Bros Records, followed by Beginning of Things in 2017. 

The track is also listed on his debut studio album Rubberband.

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