A few Amazing Guitarists You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
Wednesday December 7 2016, 7:53 AM

Have you ever seen a band perform at a small bar and thought the guitarist's performed so well you couldn’t believe they were not performing in front of millions? There are tons of incredibly talented guitarists in this world who are unknown or slightly known who either by choice or chance have never gotten to the level of fame that their talent deserves. Here are three guitarists who have all found a tiny amount of success and still remain somewhat unknown, one acoustic, one international-blues, and one electric.

Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm, an acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter was flung into the limelight with an one word tweet: “wow”. Comedian, director, actor, and writer Stephen Fry, who obtained 4 million followers on Twitter, sent the tweet, which included a link to Jon’s YouTube performance of his song Passionflower, in February 2012.

The tweet caused Jon to immediately gain tons of people’s attention, including Crosby, Nash, Stills, and Young’s, David Crosby. His YouTube video has been viewed over 5.2 million times, to date.
All because of Stephen Fry’s tweet, worldwide interest started flooding in for the individual who at one time turned done a chance to study at The Guitar Institute of Oxford University. Gomm didn’t have the values of the mainstream music industry nor does he perform at mainstream venues or festivals, however, after gaining so much fame, he was scheduled to play in Holland, Turkey and Portugal, along with “15 countries on three continents”, as he stated in an interview with The Daily Mail .
Two albums were recorded by him, the first was released through his own label in 2003. The first album was called Hypertension, and every track on the album was finished in one take. Don’t Panic, released in 2009, is the name of the second album he released. He then put out three singles in 2011 titled: Message in a Bottle, Ain’t Nobody and Passionflower.

Jennifer Batten

Jennifer Batten was born in New York City in 1957, and is a creative electric guitar player who won the sought after spot on Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour from 1987-1989. Once the tour was over, she released her first album called Above, Below and Beyond. Next, she was asked to play in two of Michael Jackson’s follow-up tours, HIStory and “Dangerous”. She even did a halftime show with Michael in 1993 during the Super Bowl, which was seen by 1.5 billion people in 80 countries.
Jennifer was asked by Jeff Beck to join his band in 1998, and she later worked with him on two of his albums titled: Who Else and You Had it Coming. Both of his albums lead to world tours which featured Jennifer on guitar.
In addition to Jennifer's debut album, she recorded two other albums titled: Jennifer Batten’s Tribal Rage: Momentum in 1997 and Whatever in 2007. Some artists she has worked with, both live and in the studio include Michael Sembello, Carmine Appice, and Miguel Mateos.
Today, Jennifer Batten has been working as a musician touring countries such as Austria, Germany, United States, Italy and Spain. Jennifer also works as a music teacher and uses her passion for the guitar to teach others who are also truly interested in the art.

Ali Farka Toure

Guitarist and singer Ali Farka Toure was born along the Niger River of Mali in 1939. Mr. Toure released a total of 20 albums before he died in March of 2006, and was considered to be one of the most internationally renowned musicians to ever come from Africa. His music is best known for “blending blues” and has often been compared to John Lee Hooker, Sr., U.S. Blues Legend.
Ali Toure appeared in the movie Felt Like Going Home, a documentary released in 2003 by Martin Scorsese and he has also been involved in various movies through his music. Along with winning two Grammy Awards, he was nominated posthumously for his most recent album titled Savane, which was released in July 2009.

There are a ton of guitar players that could make this list, many of who will not become rich or famous doing what they love to do. All guitar players have their own style and if you happen to come across these hidden gems playing at a small bar, you will see they all have the same thing in common, they leave it all on stage.

@dk   4 years ago
Fancy that! I didn't know that Joh Gomm became so known after Stephen Fry's "wow" tweet. And thank you for Ali Farka Touré, I didn't know of him and the mere fact that he recorded with Ry Cooder is very interesting.
@musikalessons   3 years ago
Yes, yes, Ali Farka Toure is truly incredible. It is an honor knowing that this article led someone to discover such fantastic artist!
@pauljones   3 years ago
@ikovalenk   3 years ago
Jon Gomm - he is break my mind...
@fl3k   3 years ago
Hey, I see it's an old post but better late than never. ;-) Thanks for sharing, they are definitely great guitar players and I'll be listening from now on.
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