Forty-five years after he died, Jimi Hendrix remains rock's most influential guitarist. For proof, look no further than Experience Hendrix, the recurring tribute tour packed with six-string virtuosos channeling the ghost of Jimi on "Little Wing," "Purple Haze" and "The Wind Cries Mary."
This year's Experience Hendrix — like the one that came to town in 2014 — boasts stellar rhythm players including drummer Chris Layton (Double Trouble) and bassist Billy Cox from Hendrix's Band of Gypsys. Singers Henri Brown (Hendrix's cousin) and Noah Hunt (Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) will add vocals, when needed.
But this is one show that definitely belongs to the guitarists. Here's a rundown of who'll be cranking out solos at Thursday night's marathon concert:
At 79, the blues legend can be painfully hit-and-miss onstage. Yet when Guy connects, he's as thrilling today as he was in the late '60s when Hendrix raved about his blitzkrieg finger work.
The former "Kid" Jonny Lang — now all grown up at 35 — might not be the top guitarist on this tour, but his anguished mid-solo expressions win the "guitar face" contest by a mile.
Known for his delicate touch as well as his flashy solos on tunes like "Cliffs of Dover," the Austin-based Grammy winner is a seasoned veteran of Experience Hendrix, known for his killer medley of "Crosstown Traffic" and "Bold as Love."
Between this show and his ongoing Zappa Plays Zappa concerts, Dweezil has turned tribute tours into his bread-and-butter. Like his old man, he plays guitar with a healthy disregard for genres, styles or boundaries.
Doyle Bramhall II
The Dallas-born guitar wiz spent 14 years touring with Eric Clapton, who gave him the ultimate compliment by standing in the background and letting Bramhall play solo after solo.
Leader of the Native American family band Indigenous, Nanji mixes Hendrix with heavy doses of B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan in his guitar style.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Best known for his stinging solo on the radio smash "Blue on Black," the Louisiana-raised Shepherd has been topping the blues charts since '95 when he broke through with his debut album, Ledbetter Heights, at age 18.
The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist named his son Hendrix, so he's obviously a disciple. But his long, locomotive solos — heavy on speed, light on emotion — are an acquired taste.
Thor Christensen is a Dallas writer and critic.