Peter Frampton Leads Gibson Guitar Awards Nominees

Others up for trophies include The Edge, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan.

Despite a sense that the guitar’s role in popular music has ebbed, great six-string slingers are still out there, inspiring youngsters to immerse themselves in the finer points of soloing, pentatonic scales and the all-important “tube amplification vs. solid state amplification” debate.

Somewhere a kid has just mastered “Stairway to Heaven.” And maybe, just maybe, that kid will one day take home an Orville H. Gibson Award and place it on the mantel, between platinum records or whatever future award recognizes massively downloaded songs.

On February 20 the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, a kind of “Grammys of the Guitar,” will be presented in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Peter Frampton is the only nominee up for multiple awards, receiving nods for Best Guitar Performance and Best Rock Guitarist. Frampton’s competitors for the former award include shred-guitar great Joe Satriani, jump blues revivalist Brian Setzer and Metallica’s guitar-solo specialist Kirk Hammett.

Awards in the fields of rock, acoustic, country and blues guitar are duplicated by gender, as are the awards for best bassist. Male and female jazz guitarists will compete together in the same category.

Most nominees are veterans of the music industry and darlings of the guitar community, but the Les Paul Horizon Award recognizes the Most Promising Up-and-Coming Guitarist. Nominees include country-rock guitarists Tim Womack of Sons of the Desert and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Vertical Horizon’s Matt Scannell and Jon Foreman of the Christian alt-rock band Switchfoot.

The recipient of the Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced shortly.

Nominees for the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards:
Best Guitar Performance (Male or Female)

Joe Satriani – “Until We Say Goodbye”

Peter Frampton – “Off the Hook”

Kirk Hammett, Metallica – “One”

Brian Setzer – “Caravan”
Best Rock Guitarist (Male)

The Edge, U2

Peter Frampton

Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi

John Frusciante, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Walter Becker, Steely Dan

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Best Rock Guitarist (Female)

Sheryl Crow

Patti Smith

Melissa Etheridge
Best Acoustic Guitarist (Male)

Beck

Jon Bon Jovi

Matt Odmark, Jars of Clay

Bob Dylan
Best Acoustic Guitarist (Female)

Rickie Lee Jones

Joni Mitchell

Sarah McLachlan

Emmylou Harris
Best Blues Guitarist (Male)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

BB King

Eric Clapton
Best Blues Guitarist (Female)

Susan Tedeschi

Rory Block

Deborah Coleman
Best Jazz Guitarist (Male/Female)

George Benson

Ronnie Jordan

John Scofield

Pat Metheny

Leni Stern
Best Country Guitarist (Male)

Ricky Skaggs

Dwight Yoakam

Brad Paisley

Kix Brooks, Brooks & Dunn

Jeff Cook, Alabama
Best Country Guitarist (Female)

Emily Robison, Dixie Chicks

Shelby Lynne

Jo Dee Messina

Trisha Yearwood

Dolly Parton
Best Bassist (Male)

Flea

Sting

Adam Clayton, U2

Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson

Colin Greenwood, Radiohead
Best Bassist (Female)

Aimee Mann

Melissa Auf Der Maur
Les Paul Horizon Award — Most Promising Up-and-Coming Guitarist

Jon Foreman, Switchfoot

Matt Scannell, Vertical Horizon

Sean Watkins, Nickel Creek

Tim Womack, Sons of the Desert