One of “The Top 100 Influential Guitarists of the Century” – Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Known as “The Master of the Telecaster,” music lovers consider Arlen Roth “the guitarist’s guitarist,” a brilliant musician, but that’s only one aspect of his remarkable 48-year career. He is a highly regarded authority concerning “all things guitar,” from writing about guitar playing, to being the inspiration behind their creation, due to his fluent mastery, and rare ability to seamlessly cross over musical genres and playing styles
His legendary guitar prowess crosses all genres, all styles, and all types of guitar playing, including one of his specialties, slide guitar. He fluidly moves from folk and blues to country tunes, and has played some of the most resounding rock ever recorded. He is as comfortable playing an acoustic ballad, (his acoustic version of Layla has been critically acclaimed as being better than Eric Clapton’s version) as he is launching into the most powerful version of “When a Man Loves a Woman” ever recorded, which Guitar Player magazine called “likely the most intense workout ever recorded on a Telecaster.”
He has performed and recorded with with Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Phoebe Snow, John Prine, Eric Andersen, Ry Cooder, Brian Setzer, Duke Robillard, Johnny Winter and hundreds more. He did most of the music and coached Ralph Macchio for legendary film “Crossroads.” and pioneered music instruction with Hot Licks Video, founded in 1979.
His music and endless creativity seem to flow directly from him and through him, and no matter which guitar or style he is playing at any moment, there is an unmistakable combination of clarity, depth, and fluidity. He’s completed 16 solo albums- the latest include “Slide Guitar Summit”, “Paint it Black” (acoustic Stones) and he’s currently finishing up the “Telemasters” album to come out this year featuring Steve Cropper, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Albert Lee and many more…
Every step of the way, since his first solo recording in 1978, Arlen Roth has received accolades and earned the highest acclaim. Vintage Guitar magazine ranked him One of the Top 100 Influential Guitarists of the Century, and he’s also on their list for having performed one of The Top 10 Greatest Recorded Guitar Sounds. He recently was a contributing artist on Guitar Harvest , a compilation release featuring world-class guitarists, voted one of the Top Ten All-Time Best Guitar Recordings by Rolling Stone magazine. He’s been GRAMMY nominated and was elected to the NY Blues hall of Fame in 2015.