According to Pat Vegas, it was Jimi Hendrix - himself part Cherokee - who talked the musicians into forming an all-Native American rock group, and they signed as the band "Redbone" to Epic Records in 1969. Jimi Hendrix also stated that Lolly Vegas was his favorite guitar player and biggest influence in music.
Has any musicianly brag been more prevalent than "Jimi Hendrix's Favorite Guitarist?" And at least once (and maybe more) it had to be true, right?
As far as I can remember, this is the list - feel free to add to, comment, etc:
Billy Gibbons (the one that Hendrix supposedly really did mention)
Phil Keaggy (an urban myth - Hendrix never would've heard him)
Stephen Stills (they were friends, and jammed together, at very least - and Hendrix was a CSN(Y) fan)
Lolly Vegas (see above)
Rory Gallagher (plausible - but unconfirmed, I think)
Hubert Sumlin (supposedly a direct quote from Jimi - I imagine he mentioned a lot of blues guitarists)
Deke Leonard (supposedly said in a BBC interview - can anyone confirm?)