Earl Klugh

He is referred to as the "King Of The Jazz Fusin Guitar", although Earl Klugh does not consider himself a jazz player and names Chet Atkins as being his most important influence. He gained his first recognition in 1971 for his contribution to a George Benson record and also played regularly with Benson before starting a solo career in the mid 70's. Since then he had put out a large number of albums, usually using light funk beats and a melodic playing style, often on acoustic guitar.