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"Best up-and-coming guitarist" from Abercarn?

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James McLaren James McLaren | 08:27 UK time, Thursday, 15 April 2010

When I was about 11, I and my like-minded mates used to debate regularly as to who was the best guitarist in the world. Was it Steve Vai? Joe Satriani? Brian May? Eric Clapton? Nuno Bettencourt? Or maybe Slash?

Well now the man who managed Slash and his Guns N' Roses bandmates through their biggest success, Alan Niven, has declared a young guitarist from Abercarn as "the best up-and-coming player this century".

Niven - talking about Chris Buck of the Welsh band the Tom Hollister Trio - made the statement to Classic Rock magazine this month.

Watch Buck performing the classic Crossroads:

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  • Comment number 1.

    I've seen this guy many times and he's better than brilliant. His feel is amazing and his soloing as good as any. Huge, huge future. The band (Tom Hollister Trio) rocks too - ask Steve Winwood and James Towler; they were at the EP launch. Best British guitarist since Clapton, and possibly better at the same age.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi James
    thanks for your comment. I really want to check him out - I'm a sucker for a good solo. The thing with guitarists though (and I'm generalising) is that some of the best technical guitarists aren't great at writing songs, so it'll be interesting to see how he develops. And also it'll be interesting to see whether he's encouraged to go solo.

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