Nels Courtney Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer.
He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his identical twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. Since then, Nels has worked with a wide range of musicians in punk and alternative rock, notably Mike Watt, Thurston Moore and Wilco (the latter as a full-time member since 2004). He also leads the groups the Nels Cline Singers and Nels Cline Trio.
Cline was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011, and the 43rd greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine in May 2012.
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- ^ "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- ^ "SPIN's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-05-26.