The guitar is the instrument most associated with country music, and it forms the backbone of the genre by being the cornerstone of most of the tracks. The six-string wizards in our Best Guitarists in Country Music list all have their different ways of using the instrument to touch the hearts and souls of country music fans everywhere.

You'll see country music legends including Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed among the Best Guitarists in Country Music, but we've also included some young blood in the list. Players like Lindsay Ell, Frankie Ballard, Charlie Worsham and John Osborne are helping to point the way to the future for the country music genre, making sure it doesn't lose its higher instrumental values while it continues to change and assimilate with other forms of music over time.

Of course, modern country music wouldn't even exist without the contributions and influences of Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner, who also get the nod. Check out the rest of the Best Guitarists in Country Music by clicking through the gallery above, and let us know if we missed anybody in the comments section below!