Who are some great old counrty singers?

I am not familiar as to what artist are really good. I haven't listened too much, but im interested. Im looking for really old country albums, made anywhere from the 1920's-80's. Im not into the country rock, i like classic counrty with the steel guitars and such. Does anybody know of any artists that meet these standards?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    I can give you a large list of artists from the time period, However it will be no where near complete.

    Roy Acuff, Rex Allen, Rex Allen, Jr., Bill Anderson, John Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Liz Anderson, Eddy Arnold, Ernst Ashworth, Gene Autry, Hoyt Axton, Deford Baily, Razzy Bailey, Moe Bandy, Bobby Bare, Johnny Bond, Jim Ed Brown, Maxine Brown, T. Graham Brown, Ed Bruce, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Bush, Glen Campbell, Henson Cargill, Bill Carlisle, Kim Carnes, Anita Carter, "Mother" Maybelle Carter, Wilf Carter, Johnny Carver, Johnny Cash, Tommy Cash, Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, Eddie Cochran, David Allan Coe, John Conlee, Earl Thomas Conley, Spade Cooley, Rita Coolidge, Helen Cornelius, Cowboy Copas, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Rodney Crowell, Dick Curless

    Vernon Dalhart, Lacy J Dalton, Charlie Daniels, Gail Davies, Mac Davis, Skeeter Davis, Eddie Dean, Jimmy Dean, Martin Delray, John Denver, Jimmie Dickens, Dave Dudley, Johnny Duncan, Roy Drusky, Slim Dusty, Barbara Fairchild, Donna Fargo, Narvel Felts, Freddy Fender, Red Foley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Janie Fricke, David Frizzell, Lefty Frizzell, Larry Gatlin, Crystal Gayle, Bobby Gentry, Terry Gibbs, Don Gibso, Vince Gill, Mickey Gilley, Vern Godsin, Bobby Goldsboro, Jack Greene, Merle Haggard, Tom T Hall, Freddy Hart, Arlene Harden, Carolyn "Gus" Hardin, Emmylou Harris, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jeanette Hicks, Goldie Hill, Johnny Horton, David Houston, Jan Howard, Ferlin Husky, Burl Ives, Stonewall Jackson, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Grandpa Jones, Sammy Kershaw, Merle Kilgore, Claude King, Pee Wee King

    Fred Knoblock, Kris Kristofferson, Frankie Laine, Cristy Lane, Brenda Lee, Dickey Lee, Johnny Lee, Hank Locklin, Bob Luman, Loretta Lynn, Warner Mack, Rose Maddox, Uncle Dave Macon, Cledus Maggard, Barbara Mandrell, Louise Mandrell, Wink Martindale, C. W. McCall, Charly McClain, Mel McDaniel, Ronnie McDowell, Reba McEntire, Jody Miller, Ned Miller, Roger Miller, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Monroe, George Morgan, Patsy Montana, Melba Montgomery, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Marie Osmond, Tommy Overstreet, Buddy Allen Owens, Buck Owens, Patti Page, Johnny Paycheck, Leroy Parnell, Dolly Parton, Stella Parton, Leon Payne, Webb Pierce, Ray Pillow, Carl Perkins, Bill Phillips, Johnny Preston, Ray Price, Charlie Pride, Jeanie Pruett, Eddie Rabbit

    Marvin Rainwater, Johnny Ray, Collin Raye, Jerry Reed, Del Reeves, Jim Reeves, Jack Reno, Charlie Rich, Don Rich, Jeanie C. Riley Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Johnny Rodriguez, Jimmie Rodgers (Father of Country Music), Jimmy Rodgers, Kenny Rogers, Roy Rogers, Linda Rondstast, Bobby Russell, Johnny Russell, John Schneider, Jeannie Seely, Jean Shepard, TG Sheppard, Red Simpson, Cal Smith, Connie Smith, Margo Smith, Sammi Smith, Hank Snow, Red Sovine, David Soul, Billie Joe Spears, Jean Stafford, Terry Stafford, Jo Stampley, Red Stegall, Ray Stevens, B. W. Stevenson, Wynn Stewart, George Strait, Mel Street, Nat Stuckey, Tex Ruby, B. J. Thomas, Hank Thompson, Floyd Tillman, Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis, Merle Travis, Randy Travis, Ernest Tubb,

    Justin Tubb, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Ricky Van Shelton, Leroy Vandyke, Porter Wagoner

    Jimmy Wakely, Billy Walker, Clay Walker, Charlie Walker, Jimmy Walker, Doc Watson, Gene Watson, June Webb, Shirley Webb, Freddy Weller, Kitty Wells, Dottie West, Billy Edd Wheeler,

    Keith Whitley, Ray Whitley, Slim Whitman, Roger Whittaker, Diana Williams, Don Williams, Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr., Tex Williams, Bob Wills, David Wills, Tom Wopat, Bobby Wright, Johnny Wright, Michelle Wright, Ruby Wright, Tammy Wynette, Faron Young


    Alabama, Bellamy Brothers, The Browns, The Carlisle’s, The Carter Family, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Dave & Sugar, The Delmore Brothers, The Harden Trio, Homer & Jethro, Johnny & Jack, The Kingston Trio, The Miller Brothers, Mills Brothers, John & Joni Mosby, The Oak Ridge Boys, Osborn Brothers, Sons of the Pioneers, Stanley Brothers, The Statler Brothers, The Whites, Wilburn Brothers, The Willis Brothers

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Roy Acuff

    Hank Williams

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Bill Monroe

    Willie Nelson

    The Stanley Brothers

    Patsy Cline

    Bob Wills

    So many...

    Also, listen to bluegrass music. If that's your thing.

    Older traditional bluegrass would be

    Bill Monroe

    The Stanley Brothers

    Reno & Smiley

    Flatt & Scruggs (the best bar none of the old groups)

    Jimmy Martin

    Moving on a bit from there you'd have

    The Osborne Brothers

    The Country Gentlemen

    The Kentucky Colonels

    By the 70s you have

    JD Crowe & The New South

    Tony Rice (one of the greatest voices in bluegrass, and possibly the greatest non-classical guitarist ever)

    The New Grass Revival

    The Seldom Scene

    More recently, it can get a bit acoustic progressive new acoustic which probably wouldn't appeal to you,

    but Blue Highway is a band that evokes old sounds of classic country and bluegrass. 3 great singers, and amazing dobro playing from Rob Ickes (who has some brilliant solo albums by the way)

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  • 9 years ago

    Marty Robbins has "everything" you would look for

    in country music...as he was the (most versatile, and Diverse singer)

    in Country Music History.. Also, probably the best Voice

    and Vocalist.... Want me to prove it to you ?

    Type in on you-tube : Marty Robbins, the performer (vinyl) side B

    and also, check out these tunes !

    1. Johnny Fedavo

    2. My Woman, my woman, my wife

    3. Girl from Spanish Town

    4. Hello, daily news

    5. A Man and a Train (power song, done well)

    6. Begging to you

    7. Camelia

    8. The Chair (a Man about to die in the electric chair)

    9. Pride and the badge (fantastic Ballad)

    10. You'll never walk alone

    11. White Sport Coat (and a pink carnation)

    12. I walk Alone

    13. Bend in the river

    14. The story of my life

    15. Life

    and remember: these are ALL, Marty Robbins singing

    the songs...he had an "8 octave" vocal range...which means

    he was capable of many "vocal notes and tones".... which is

    a rarity-

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  • 9 years ago

    ....several very good answers. I would go to "etrecordshop.com" and look at the list of country artist they have listed.The store has the CDs for all the artist they have listed in Country and Bluegrass also has gospel by the great country artist.

    They have everyone from Acuff to Youn, worth the time to look at the site.

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  • 9 years ago

    John Carson

    Deford Bailey

    Vernon Dallhart

    Jimmie Rodgers

    The Carter Family

    The Staler Brothers

    The Oak Ridge Boys


    The Kendalls

    Freddie Hart

    June Carter

    Webb Piere

    Roy Rogers

    Gene Autry

    Ernest Tubb

    Hank Snow

    Will Rogers

    Roy Acuff

    Bill Monroe

    Red Sovine

    Hank Williams Sr.

    Patsy Cline

    Grandpa Jones

    Kitty Wells

    Red Foley

    Bob Wills

    Uncle Dave Macon

    Van Rally

    Charlie Walker

    Roy Clark

    Minne Pearl

    Lefty Frizell

    Marty Robbins

    Little Jimmy Dickens


    Chet Atkins

    Merle Travis

    Doc Watson

    Slim Whitman

    Skeeter Davis

    Faron Young

    Ferlin Husky

    Jim Reeves

    Hank Thompson

    Webb Pierce

    Hank Locklin

    Jim Reeves

    Leroy Van Dyke

    Connie Smith

    Hawkshaw Hawkins

    Jack Greene

    Merle Haggard

    Jan Howard

    Glen Campbell

    Loretta Lynn

    Bobby Goldsbro

    Jerry Reed

    Charley Pride

    Hank Williams Jr.

    Donna Fargo

    Roy Clark

    Waylon Jennings

    Linda Ronstadt

    Dolly Parton

    Willie Nelson

    Crystal Gayle

    John Conlee

    Ronnie Milsap

    Ricky Skaggs

    Moe Bandy

    Emmylou Harris

    Anne Murray

    Barbara Mandrell

    Lynn Anderson

    Bobbie Gentry

    Jeannie C. Riley

    Hay George Dewey

    Ray Price

    Tex Ritter

    Janie Frickie

    Johnny Rodrigues

    The Charlie Daniels Band

    Johnny Lee

    Gary Morris

    Juice Newton

    John Anderson

    David Frizell

    Mickey Gilley


    Dan Seals

    Earl Thomas Conley

    Steve Wariner

    The Forest's Sisters

    T.Gram Brown

    Ricky Van Shelton

    David Allen Cole

    Jim Ed Brown

    Deborah Allen

    Jacky Ward

    Razzy Bailey

    Johnny Lee

    Debbie Boone

    Lacy J. Dalton

    Com Hunley

    Ed Bruse

    Randy Barlow

    Jeanne Pruett

    Gene Watson

    Gail Davies

    Mac Davis

    John Schneider

    Charly Mcclain

    Mel Tills

    Dottie West

    Billie Jo Spears

    Carlie Rich

    Larry Gatlin

    Tanya Tucker

    Ray Stevens

    Melba Montgomery

    John Demver

    Eddie Rabbit

    Buck Owens

    Gene Pitney

    Brenda Carter

    Porter Wagoner's

    Bobby Bare

    Dave Dudley's

    George Jones

    Johnny Cash

    Vern Gosdin

    Conway Twitty

    Kenny Rogers

    Charlie Mccoy

    Boxcar Willie

    Roger Miller

    Kris Krisofferson

    Tammy Wynette

    The Blue Sky Boys

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Doc Gibson

    Earl Scruggs-

    & Lester Flatt

    The Stanleys

    Jim & Jesse McReyold's

    Sunny Mountain Boys

    Doug Kershaw

    Jimmy C. Newman

    Tom T. Hall

    Eddy Arnod

    Pee Wee King

    Tennesse Ernie Ford

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  • 9 years ago

    george strait!

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  • 9 years ago

    Err.. none, ew.

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