Photo Gallery: Jimmie Vaughan Names His Favorite Blues Guitarists, Past and Present

On July 26, Jimmie Vaughan released his fifth solo album,Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites, more proof that 2011 is shaping up to be a killer year for new blues and blues-rock releases.

If you need more proof, check out recent releases by Joe Bonamassa, George Thorogood, Damon Fowler, Los FabuLocos, Johnny Nicholas and Tab Benoit, not to mention the ol' Allman Brothers crew, namely Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Warren Haynes, plus brand-spanking-new albums by Keb Mo and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and the great-sounding Robert Johnson: Centennial Collection.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.