Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rush: Alex Lifeson named Greatest Canadian Guitarist

Canada’s national broadcaster - CBC Radio - have named Rush’s Alex Lifeson as the Greatest Canadian Guitarist in a new in-house poll.

November is Guitar Month at CBC Music, and the company put together a list of the 25 greatest Canadian guitarists ever. The list was assembled by a panel of CBC producers and hosts, who compiled all of the nominations and ranked the guitarists accordingly.

The list spans several genres and generations. Some were chosen for their raw talent, others for their musical impact and some for their ingenuity. There are a few surprises and a few omissions. In fact, there are many amazing guitarists who belong on this list, but there are only 25 spots. If your favourite guitar player isn’t on the list, the CBC can assure you they were probably number 26 this time around.

Lifeson landed in top spot ahead of players like Jeff Healey, Robbie Robertson, Bruce Cockburn and Neil Young.

Below is the top 10 – see the full list of 25 at CBC here.

Lifeson and Rush are currently touring North America in support of their new release, “Clockwork Angels.”

Greatest Canadian Guitarists
CBC Radio – November 2012

01 – Alex Lifeson (Rush)
02 – Jeff Healey
03 – Robbie Robertson
04 – Bruce Cockburn
05 – Neil Young
06 – Rik Emmett (Triumph)
07 – Joni Mitchell
08 – Lenny Breau
09 – Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO)
10 – Luke Doucet

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