El McMeen is listed among the 100 greatest acoustic guitarists in the world on DigitalDreamDoor. His music is characterized by lyrical beauty and melodicism, and his uptempo pieces have energy and pulse. El's been praised by The Washington Post and the New York Daily News, with critics hailing his music as "stirring, unbridled acoustic beauty" and "drop-dead gorgeous." He was a winner at the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards Competition and received Honorable Mention at the USA Songwriting and Mid-Atlantic Songwriting contests.
El McMeen has released 12 solo guitar CD's and 4 DVD's, including the feature-length "Guitar Artistry of El McMeen," distributed through Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop and Mel Bay Publications. He has also written numerous books of guitar music for Mel Bay Publications.