Most music lovers have probably never heard of Sam Hopkins. But call him Lightnin Hopkins and maybe the light bulb switches on. Hopkins was from Texas and before his death in 1982 he became one of the best known of all the early blues pioneers. He was also one of the most prolific and frequently recorded.
People always reference Robert Johnson’s style of guitar playing as being the best but best is something hard to define. I personally don’t know any blues picker better than Hopkins.
Here’s an audio recording of one of his numbers that supports my claim. Also, pay attention to the harmonica that’s backing him up.
And here is a video I published three years ago of what is arguably the best example of the blues ever preserved.