Eric Clapton announces 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup: John Mayer, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers Band, and more

How many guitar faces can you see in one day? The answer will approach infinity if you make it to Chicago this summer for the latest iteration of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. All day on June 26, axe-centric artists like John Mayer, ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, and many more — and, of course, Slowhand himself — will be shredding on stage. This is the third time Clapton has put on the festival, and as with the 2004 and 2007 rounds, all proceeds will go to his Crossroads Centre rehab program.

Click through to the jump for the full line-up of performers, then weigh in: Will you be going this year? Who are you most excited to see? Are there any other six-string slayers you’d like to see at a guitar festival? (I’d vote for Prince, St. Vincent, and Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, for starters.)

2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival performers:
Albert Lee
Allman Brothers Band
BB King
Bert Jansch
Buddy Guy
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Earl Klugh
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Hubert Sumlin
James Burton
Jeff Beck
Jimmie Vaughan
Joao Gilberto
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayer
Keb Mo
Pino Daniele
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth
Steve Winwood
Vince Gill
ZZ Top

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  • Mary Q. Contrary

    I WAS thinking about catching Bonnaroo this year, until I saw the lineup yesterday. It’s just so crappy compared to years past. Crossroads it is. My husband’s gonna be thrilled.

    • Donnalee

      This is a fantastic lineup! We just might drive out from Vermont to see the show. I was thinking a nice addition to the line-up would be the phenom DAVY KNOWLES, he toured with Jeff Beck and has also played with Haynes. He is the best new name in this genre and he deserves to be in the Crossroads 2010 line up, it would be great to see him added.

      • Tim

        RIGHT ON! Davy is simply fantastic!!!!! I really wish he was at the Crossroads Festival this time. He would no doubt make a few believers out of his vibe!!! Check out You Tube “Ain’t no City”… Fantastic!!!! He is touring with “The Rhythm Devils” this summer. Not sure what the change is about, but as long as he is in command of the axe you cannot go wrong!!! One step from the throne….

  • jaimie

    Why is John Mayer coming back?

    • jaimies brother

      did he suck last time or something?

      • jaimie

        No…he’s just kinda “douchy.”

      • jimmi

        I don’t like his CDs, but the guy can play.

      • jaimie

        I am not doubting the man can play; however, I think he has peaked. There are several other guitarists that can TRUMP him on the guitar!

      • mesh

        Peaked in his early thirties? Really? I’m not buying it.

      • nik ryan

        look. quit looking in tabloids. and hes not a douche hes just under the microscope all the time. he is phenomenal guitar player. and its a guitar festival. so please… get over yourself

    • c

      whatr talken aboat wilson

  • sam mangano

    I agree, Prince would be a great addition, especially since EC claims “Purple Rain” is one of his favorite albums. You will all be amazed by Joe Bonamassa, trust me on this!!

  • eddie from ohio

    How ya’ doin’? How about Joe Walsh? His appearance alongside James Taylor got a lot of attention last time out. Bring him back!

  • Guitarfan

    Phil Keaggy! He’s an awesome guitarist!

  • chris Miller

    let me add some more QUALIFIED prospects: Warren Haynes, John Frusciante, Carlos Santana, Jim James, Luther Dickinson, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Henry Garza(los lonely boys). And I attended in 2007 and people thought it was over before Buddy Guy even came on stage!

    • mesh

      Warren Haynes will be there with ABB. It’s all in who Eric wanted to hear and who was able to accept his invite. I’m guessing some of these acts already had other commitments. I am so excited I’m floating on a cloud! With the cancellation of the 2010 Rothbury Festival, I’ll take a Crossroads event as a replacement this year. =^}

  • Matt

    No Derek Trucks this year? In my opinion, best blues guitarist around besides EC.

    • YES

      Matt…couldn’t agree more! I LOVE Derek Trucks. He will more than likely be there with ABB, especially since dTb isn’t touring this year.

    • Duke

      Last I heard He was still backing up Clapton with Doyle II. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of him.

  • Pappy B

    Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will be with ABB and I’m sure EC will probably jam with them as he did last year at their Beacon shows.

  • Lynn R.

    My wife and I attended “2007” fest. and loved every minute of it!! I do wish There was more different artists than the last one though…Jonny Lang,Kenny Wayne Shepherd,Double Trouble with Malford Milligan!

  • joel

    Was at the last one & loved it. Better artists though than this year. This year seems kinda bland.

  • cubchubby

    I hope Bill Murray is the MC again. Damn he was funny last time.

  • steve

    I was there in 2007 and I’ll be there this year. Doesn’t get much better with EC, Buddy and The King.

  • JB

    I wish Los Lonely Boys would get more exposure. The texas trio would definitely fit in. I mean these guys have chops… am I the only one that notices?!! just check out the song “cottonfields and crossroads” or my favorite “end of a new beginning” they would bring the house down with that song!

  • WintersWinter

    No Johnny Winter? Could do without John Mayer on that list.

    • steve

      why doesn’t bonnie raitt ever make the list?

      • JB

        The woman sure can play!

      • valerie blaine

        If Eric Clapton is God, then Bonnie Raitt is Goddess. Why she isn’t in the line up boggles my mind. Ditch Sheryl Crow and put Bonnie in!

    • Lisa

      I agree, Johnny Winter would be an awesome addition. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeshi too. This will be my first and I can’t wait!

      • Duke

        Johnny is looking pretty long in the tooth these days. Saw him in St. Louis this last year, I don’t think he has may shows left in him unfortunately, love the man.

  • Gary Ash

    I’m hopin that Warren Haynes also brings the Gov’t Mule crew on stage (if Eric lets him)since he’ll already be up with ABB. I’ve been dreamin about Warren and Johnny Winter doin a version of Good Mornin Little School Girl like the live version on Johnny Winter And ~LIVE~ Hell, get Rick Derringer and do it like old times! And Tab Benoit would be great in there with the old boys doin Matchbox Blues

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