Beverly Guitar Watkins

  • Died: October 1, 2019
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Beverly "Guitar" Watkins

Unsung blues guitar legend played like Jimi Hendrix

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins was an unsung blues guitar legend known for her attacking playing style. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Trisha Kelley - Burbank, CA - friend   August 03, 2020

What an amazing woman! Wish I had discovered her talent, and music earlier.
My Dad is 91years old, and my Mom is 88 years old.
They raised me on the Blues, and Jazz music, but I had never heard Beverly!
A Treasure has left us, but will always be here in her music.

Posted by Karen Haggett - Novato, CA - student   May 26, 2020

My heart goes out to your family! Though I never heard of you or your music I feel such a loss. I just discovered you today on You Tube. You are playing that guitar in Heaven!

Posted by Loretta Gilmore - Ontario, CA - friend   March 29, 2020

I found out about the Queen of Blues from a documentary. I Found her number and called her. Because I had to know who this legend was. And Mrs. Watkins answered I was calling for mentorship with the guitar. She was kind but busy and said we would talk later as she had a show. My life got worse and I called once again but her phone was busy. My life improved and in the back of my mind I was going to reach out. Until today I researched black female guitarists and saw her name and that she died 4 months ago. I'm very emotional but will continue to press on. Mrs. Watkins was special and struggled at times financially but I hope her later years were good to her. And that she recognized she was greatly appreciated. I hope she knows she touched one girl with a similar dream. R.I. P Mrs. Beverly Guitar Watkins

Posted by Kara Hopkins - Philadelphia, PA - acquaintance   February 25, 2020

A great lady and a fantastic musician; absolutely my favorite guitarist. I'm a female musician of the same vintage (keys, bass, vocals, songwriter, teacher) and I know how it feels when music is the life-line, the joy, the therapy, the quest, the struggle, the bliss. Especially blues, the purest music in the world ! I love to listen to Beverly on Youtube. She was/is marvelous. On Rock Me Baby (my favorite) she builds the song until she is dancing with her guitar :) Wonderful. Ecstatic!
Condolences to her family on their loss. Beverly, you are the greatest!

Posted by clara lady wolf - knoxville, TN - friend   February 12, 2020

My condolences to the family of Beverly Guitar Watkins, i am very sorry to learn of her death. What talent and inspiration! May the God of comfort continue to be with all of you

Posted by - MD   January 07, 2020

What an Amazing Woman!!! I only knew Beverly from reading of her gifted guitar playing. I pray that Beverly's family will rest in joy for being blessed with such a woman to be who they could call family. May her music live on in the hearts of all who knew Beverly - "The Gifted Guitar Player"!!!

Posted by Tanya - acquaintance   November 18, 2019

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented woman, who will be remembered for her contribution to the music industry. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning.

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2019

My condolence our with the family of Beverly. May the God of all comfort be with you all the fine memories and good music she shared with us all.

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one, may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. (Psalms 46 :1)

Posted by A friend   October 31, 2019

To the Watkins Family,
We will Ms. Beverly "Guitar" Watkins' presence and her many contributions to the blues world. She was truly amazing on her guitar. May the love and the special memory of Ms. Bevely "Guitar" Watkins show how your life was touched by her family, friends and fans. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your lives.

Posted by - GA   October 29, 2019

My heart is with this gifted lady's family. Know that she is in Heaven and the Angels are dancing around her, listening to her music. RIP.

Posted by Elizabeth Lindsay - Boston, MA   October 22, 2019

What a life, I hope to accomplish what you have on that guitar. R.i.p

Posted by Hampton Hinton - Gary, IN - friend   October 10, 2019

I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2019

I was not familiar with Miss Watkins and her music until I watched her video. She was indeed talented and her talent will be missed. Miss Watkins family have my condolences for their loss. May our Heavenly Father be with you.

Posted by Mae    October 08, 2019

Condolences to the family of Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins,

We enjoyed listening to her play and watching her fingers on the guitar just as much as the band accompanying her!
The music was absolutely IN her. We will remember her words to the audience to take a moment to give thanks to God and include him in part of our lives.
We pray that the God of all comfort keeps her in his memory too.

Posted by Linda Lin - NY   October 08, 2019

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins - We basically grew up in the same town (although she was a few years older). We attended the same church over the years (off and on) depending where we were living. You leave a legacy of music with your family and the world. Rest in Peace Beverly, for we know not the day, time, or hour.

Posted by Jean JohnsonGaston - Metro -Area, GA - friend   October 07, 2019


I really enjoyed the video I saw u playing guitar. U inspire me to never give up! Thank God for you. You will be missed.
My condolences!

Posted by Maryjane Morgan - Amityville, NY - acquaintance   October 07, 2019

Thank you for the beautiful music you gave us. She was truly amazing on that guitar.
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   October 07, 2019

I just discovered Ms. Watkins' music tonight while viewing her on the Internet. I am saddened over her passing, but also for not having had the pleasure of meeting and seeing her perform live. My most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

Eternal rest, grant unto Ms. Watkins, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace.


May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Posted by Gerry Garcia - Salinas, CA   October 07, 2019

R.I.P. Ms. Watkins. You will truly be missed and never forgotten.

Posted by Bobby Nash - Atlanta, GA - acquaintance   October 06, 2019

I just found out about Miss Watkins, I never knew about her music till now. Ive started listening to her and Im so disappointed in myself that I hadnt heard of her. Such a loss, but Her music will carry on with me. My sincere condolences.

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2019


This guitar Queen leaves a legacy that will live on forever. Her perfectionist as Queen Of Guitar is definitely unforgettable. Her body may be absent but her soul will live on in her music. CLASS ACT! This lights reflects the lifetime light that will always shine about your life and a glow that is unique one of a kind. I will enjoy your music and celebrate your life!

Posted by Pearle Price - Avondale Estates, GA   October 05, 2019

I won't say goodbye "My Precious Cousin," I'll just say "Rest Now" and I'll see you again someday!!
Your awesome memories will live forever in our hearts, as well as, your musical legacy... "Beverly Guitar Watson!!"
Now you are playing for the Angels and all of our Heavenly Loved Ones!!

Posted by Emma L Walker - Athens, GA   October 05, 2019

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by A friend   October 05, 2019

I am overjoyed that Beverly Guitar Watkins was able to share her remarkable talent with us and was widely recognized for her musical gift. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts as you remember her with fondness.

Posted by A friend   October 05, 2019

I really enjoyed her music! One of the great musicians from Georgia. Her music will live on through us.

Posted by Deron Edwards - Lithonia, GA   October 05, 2019

Deep Sympathy to Ms. Beverly "Guitar" Watkins Family an Friends. I Saw her play her guitar for the first time at Underground Atlanta. She was wonderful.

Posted by Atlanta Fan    October 05, 2019

FIrst saw her when she was playing the food court in Underground Atlanta during lunch in the early 90's. Just Beverly and a boom box , playing for tips. She was amazing. It was great when she got with MMRF and starting getting gigs, touring and making records. What a tremendous spirit, dedication and love for her music/art. Thank the Lord that she finally got the chance to shine and so many other people got to see this amazing woman. Beverly's lifetime of hard work, perseverance and love for her craft show what a true musician is made of. It was an inspiration and an honor to witness what she accomplished. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Randy Foster - Brevard, NC   October 05, 2019

I will miss you, your music, and mostly your wonderful spirit. I have faith that youre playing with the angels in Heaven.

Posted by Ferman Williford - College Park, GA - friend   October 04, 2019

Rockin' in heaven with so many other greats... R.I.P. miss Beverly. Wish we had the chance to see you play while you were in this realm.

Posted by J&L - Woodstock, GA   October 04, 2019


Posted by Alishia - SC   October 04, 2019

Such a beautiful and inspiring woman is now asleep waiting for a grand resurrection in Paradise. It was an honor to be inducted in the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame with Momma Watkins this summer. She rocked the house. It was a privilege to play with her around Atlanta and other places. She will be missed.

Posted by Big Royal Joiner - Atlanta, GA - friend   October 04, 2019

Ms. Beverly, I offer condolences to your family. Thank you for always having time to talk to me and always showing class and dignity whenever you played. You set a standard that will be hard to reach and women and young women will follow you as one of the baddest guitar players to ever grace this lifetime. Rest In Power. You are among the greats, now.

Posted by Pamela Burrell - Atlanta/Conyers, GA - friend   October 04, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Beverly. May the God of peace and comfort be with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   October 04, 2019

May God bless the family and comfort you.

Posted by A friend   October 04, 2019

Awesome talent and a blues purest. RIHP

Posted by Joe B. Cutchins Jr - Franklinton, NC   October 04, 2019

Watkins Family,
Our sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.

Posted by A friend   October 04, 2019

You are truly going to be missed but your music will live on

Posted by Virginia Woods - Atlanta, GA - friend   October 04, 2019

An amazingly gifted, talented Blues guitar player, singer and performer. So glad to see and hear her talk, perform and sing. An effervescent human being. RIP.

Posted by Bill Dugan - Faribault, MN - acquaintance   October 04, 2019

What a big loss! Loved your music. Hope they have guitar fir you in heaven

Posted by Jewels Marcus - acquaintance   October 04, 2019

A beautiful human being sharing amazing gifts. Thank you, Beverly.

Posted by WILLIAM SMITH - DURANGO, CO - student   October 03, 2019

Beverly Guitar Watkins is one of the best Atlanta musicians of our time. Rest peacefully, superstar!

Posted by Shawn Williams - Union City, GA - friend   October 03, 2019


What a musical genius, I didnt get to see her in person, but she could really play that guitar. Beverly accomplished what she was sent here to do and that was to entertain us earthly beings..PRAYERS to the family

Posted by Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   October 03, 2019

Our hearts are heavy for the loss of your dearly beloved Beverly. Please know that the God of tender mercies is with you all during this most difficult time and grants you with an abundance of love, peace and comfort. We know that you all must be so very proud of this Wonderful Ladys accomplishments and WOW! What a GREAT LEGACY she left!


JM, Jackson Mississippi

Posted by A friend   October 03, 2019

So sad to hear of Beverlys passing. I saw her play on a Blues Cruise many years ago. I was in AWE! The fans went wild!!

Posted by Sally Stang - AsburyPARK, NJ - acquaintance   October 03, 2019

Rest in Peace great lady! A great inspiration.

Posted by Carlynn Paskarbis    October 03, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your treasured memories of Beverly always fill your heart with love and peace

Posted by A friend   October 03, 2019

I was hoping one day to see her perform..Rest in peace Miss Beverly..She was one great musician...

Posted by NANCY Austin - Belchertown, MA   October 03, 2019

My condolences go out to the family of Beverly. She'll be missed by many.

Posted by Roy - TN   October 03, 2019

We share our condolences to you and your family R.I.P.

Posted by Abe Thompson - New Orleans   October 03, 2019

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. An amazing talent and that was just from seeing the video Sweet Home Chicago. It wouldve been special treat to see her in person. Am sorry that she gone to rest. May we all find comfort in that the God that gave her such talent can give her back to us.

Posted by A friend   October 03, 2019

Beverly was an amazing talent and one of the nicest people I have ever met. It was a great honor to perform music with her and an even greater one to be her friend. I will always miss her deeply.

Posted by Rick Fowler - Athens, GA - friend   October 03, 2019

Deepest condolences to the Watkins family, thanks for the huge contribution to the music industry. May the Almighty God in the heavens comfort your lives forever with peace, support, love and memories that will always be cherished in your hearts.

Posted by BRY - CA   October 03, 2019

Thank you Ms. Beverly " Guitar" Watkins. I will never forget your contributions to real music . May the Master of Breath keep you in his fold.

Posted by Yin Li Yang - Augusta, GA - acquaintance   October 03, 2019

Heartfelt condolences to all who loved and cared for Ms. Beverly Watkins. I am truly saddened by your loss. May your cherished memories console you and may the God of all comfort be with you.

Posted by Angel - MD   October 03, 2019

To the Family and Friends we send our Prayers and Love.

Posted by Sharon & George Roberts - Bessemer City, NC - friend   October 03, 2019

Truly a loss for so many, her taken will be missed. my deepest condolences to the Watkins family, praying that God be with you to help you as you go through this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   October 03, 2019


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   October 03, 2019

I was so looking forward to playing Bass for you at the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival and you became ill and couldn't make it. See you on the other side.

Posted by Ron Fingers - Phoenix, AZ - coworker   October 03, 2019

First... So sorry to hear of her passing...years ago I saw one of her CDs in a record store here, I bought it and just loved everything about it and her... I instantly became a big fan and will miss her...

Posted by Brian Lock - Silver creek, NY   October 02, 2019

Rest in peace sweet Beverly

Posted by A friend   October 02, 2019

I was privileged to see Ms. Beverly "Guitar" Watkins perform a few years ago. I was inspired and amazed by her talents and prowess with the guitar. What a thrill it was to watch her master that instrument! May you Rest In Peace. My condolences to the family. ❤

Posted by Brenda Alderman - Flushing, NY - friend   October 02, 2019

My condolences to the family of this beautiful legend. God bless her in heaven! Just wish that i could have met and jammed with her. Im sure that her music influenced thousands. She will be surely missed.

Posted by Larry Batten - Joliet, IL - friend   October 02, 2019


To the Family: Beverly was a true friend. As musicians, we traveled extensively throughout the world. I know her so well. The world has lost a great female guitarist.

My deepest regrets and condolences.

Posted by Cool John Ferguson - Suwanee, GA - friend   October 02, 2019

Posted by A friend   October 02, 2019

Ciao Beverly,
Thank you for what you have left us with your art and soul it will live forever.

Posted by A friend   October 02, 2019

I saw and heard you only once, here in Minneapolis on November 16, 2018, but you left an impression and memories I will never forget. Thank you Miss Beverly. I envy the angels who get to hear you now. Rest in peace, baby.

Posted by John Schroder - St Paul, MN   October 02, 2019

Condolences to Family & Friends. May God comfort Your ♥'s. Ms Beverly Guitar Watkins, a gifted and talented trailblazer. Will indeed be missed! ♥

Posted by Sherri Rushing - Oceanside, CA   October 02, 2019


Posted by Johnnie Salters - Houston, TX   October 02, 2019


Godspeed Beverly, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. And the memories.... Now performing eternally in the Ultimate Venue.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   October 02, 2019

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. May God be a source of comfort and strength.

Posted by V M - neighbor   October 02, 2019

Family Album

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins