A friend of mine sent me a link to Rolling Stones list of 100 greatest guitarists from the Dec 2015 issues.
Roy Clark does not appear on the the list.
You could reasonably argue that RS doesn’t focus on country music performers. Fair enough but then why did Willie Nelson make it at #77 and Chet Atkins at #21?
I’ve heard arguments that he is too much of a clown and all-round entertainer to be taken seriously as a guitarist. This makes no sense to me.
I’ve heard him called a ‘one-trick-pony’ with his signature piece of Malaguena. Once you move beyond that one piece, these’s not much depth to him. I don’t know, could be?
I’m not trying to defend a position here. I want to understand how modern guitarists see his body of work. Is he a respected legend or merely a once competent musician now well past his relevance? To my ignorant senses, he has never failed to impress me but that doesn’t me I know enough to intelligently spot greatness.
What’s the story here?