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Does anyone know of any good old country artists I could check out?

I really like the song Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jr. and the Conway Twitty stuff they had on Family Guy. I also like Brooks and Dunn.

What other country should I check out? There really isn't any country stuff I like that I hear on the country radio here, and I'm exposed to a lot of it being in Kansas. I'd probably like to get recommendations for older stuff.

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Willie Nelson.

Besides that, I'm a big fan of Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band.

Brad Paisley is one of the best country guitarists and is often liked by guitarists who "don't like country"

Eric Church might be good to give a listen to. Kind of country/rock stuff.

Even though the stuff on country radio gets a bad rap, some of that is great stuff. The production on those songs are top notch and Nashville definitely puts more into their songs musically and artfully than your average radio hiphop/pop.
George Strait. End of Story.
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The Highwaymen, and each members' solo music. Brad Paisley and Keith Urban have some good songs, but also a lot of generic shit, especially Brad Paisley (IMO of course). Big and Rich are ok.

I don't get exposed to much good country, so I can't contribute much. A lot of people I know love it, but they like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryant, etc., which are all terrible in my opinion.
I love Luke Bryan and I mainly listen to modern artists: Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Allison Moorer, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Sunny Sweeney, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Clay Walker, Brantley Gilbert, Blake Shelton, Brooks and Dunn, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan etc. Mainstream country is still better than mainstream pop or hip-hop.

I think people should not judge the artists based on their singles because the singles were meant to be cookie-cutter same old for the radio listeners. Most country "fans" don't realize there are better songs on the albums.

But for oldies: Waylon Jennings and his son Shooter Jennings, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Johnny Cash

And for guitarists: Danny Gatton
Merle Haggard, John Prine, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris

Lee Hazlewood if you want sort of baroque pop + country. the album he did with Nancy Sinatra is an all-time favorite.
I don't like modern country really, but Brad Paisley has always been at least funny.

I've been on a countryish binge the past few months.

The Eagles -
Creedence Clearwater Revival -
Bellamy Brothers -
John Denver -
Jerry Reed -
Dolly Parton -
Willie Nelson -
Johnny Cash - you can't go wrong

I have a soft spot for 70s country/rock artists.
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Bill Monroe
Old Crow Medicine Show
String Cheese Incident
Yonder Mountain String Band
Hot Buttered Rum
Avett Brothers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Infamous Stringdusters
Lonesome River Band
Railroad Earth
Gillian Welch
Lucinda Williams
The Civil Wars
Chatham County Line
Trampled By Turtles
Leftover Salmon
Greensky Bluegrass
Town Mountain
Band of Heathens
David Grisman
Woody Guthrie
Bob Dylan
Neil Young
Crosby, Stills, & Nash (& Young)
The Band
The Allman Brothers Band
The Marshall Tucker Band
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Son Volt

certainly not stricly country (more towards folk/bluegrass)
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Holy shit! I guess I was country when country wasn't cool!

Dolly Parton
Loretta Lynn
Eddie Rabbit
Crystal Gayle
George Jones
Conway Twitty
Juice Newton
Glen Campbell
Ronnie Milsap - Smokey Mountain Rain is AWESOME!!!
Charlie Pride
Barbara Mandrell

Not in any particular order.

Shooter Jennings new song...So true
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Many good suggestions above. I'd add Roy Clark to the list if you want to hear some wicked good guitar picking and fiddling. Also Doc Watson, especially on video if you want to see grace and economy of motion. He can get about 40 note licks out and not look like he's moved his left hand. And of course Merle Travis was so good they named a whole style of playing after him. Eddy Arnold is old school country with real good songs that have stood the test of time, like Tennessee Stud.

Newer, and sadly controversial, but I do enjoy the Dixie Chicks and their resurrected version without the controversial Natalie Maines as Court Yard Hounds.

Nobody - nobody anywhere - in any way - beats Johnny Cash. His America Recordings albums are the best of his career. He put out music for fifty years, and nearly all of it good. And for that career, he was somehow both traditional and trend-setting.

Toss Randy Travis and Kathy Mattea in there as 80's country bands worth listening to. Randy Travis is still kicking it, but some people don't like his current spiritual themes. I love his spiritual music. He hits right at the life with songs like "Pray for the Fish" and "Three Crosses" and "Four Walls" and "Keep Your Lure In the Water".

Plus there's just tons and tons and tons of good stuff they call Americana.
Rodney Crowell
Old Crow Medicine Show
Roseanne Cash
Jonathan Byrd
Del McCoury Band

Folks that sort of define themselves Country-wise are Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakum and Billie Joe Shaver.

I hope that helps. These are some of my favorites that I don't think were listed above, but I skimmed it so probably repeated a few (or more than a few).
Dwight Yoakam. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, if you can find any. The Three Hanks. Merle Haggard. Waylon Jennings. All that old stuff is my favourite.
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does anyone like Lucinda Williams? i've been enjoying Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, but i'm always leery of moving onto other things when it comes to 80s + 90s + now country since the albums tend to be so polished.

what i'm trying to get out is that i'm wondering what other albums of hers are worthwhile?
My aunt and uncle, Marylynne and Brad Stella, have started a country duo called "The Stellas," they first appeared on CMTs Can You Duet (Made it to the top three) and since then theyve been pretty big in America, touring with Johnny Reed, and as well as introducing all the bands at this years CMT awards.

Anyways, have no clue if this is what youre looking for, cause Im not a big country fan, but you should check them out
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Kenny Rogers- Coward of the County
Johnny Cash- Ring Of Fire.
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Justin Townes Earle
Hayes Carll
Steve Earle
Ryan Bingham
Robert Earl Keen
Ben Nichols
William Elliott Whitmore
Chuck Ragan
Uncle Tupelo
Jason Isbell
Drive-By Truckers
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I have been a Ryan Bingham fan for some months now and eventhough he is not an old country musician I am pretty sure you will like his music
HOWDY, this thread is all about country music.
i like the likes of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Hank and Kenny Rogers.
I like Brad Paisley. And Keith Urban.
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New blood:
Ryan Bingham
Hayes Carll
Justin Townes Earle
Ben Nichols
William Elliott Whitmore

Recomended Listening:
Steve Earle
Robert Earl Keen

Not a huge fan of radio country, but I can't get enough of this kind of stuff. Anybody know music similiar to say this:

or this
"Pain or damage don't end the world nor despair, nor fuckin' beatings. The world ends when you're dead, until then you have more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back."
I love country. Can't say as I have a favorite, but I love country period. I like any older stuff, and as far as new stuff goes I like whatever is remotly close to traditional. I like the traditional stuff the best. I am not into the styles where it sounds like rock, pop or even rap. Corb Lund is one of my favorite new guys.
I love the modern stuff. Not "true" country according to "real" country fans, but I don't give a crap Obviously I can tell the difference between Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton (pop country v. classic country) but I like them both; Carrie is still a good singer.

And the Keith Urban concert last October at Pepsi Center was the best concert I've ever been to.
I'm mainly a classic country fan myself, although i have to agree about Corb Lund being great.. he haw a pretty unique style within the genre.
Hank Williams is my country idol, but i also enjoy the likes of George Jones, Conway Twitty, and George Jones... oh, and David Allen Coe!!!
Oh yeah, and i should stop typing cause i can go on forever.

I wrote thing song with Hank in the back of my head:
You cant beat Hank Jr , ole paycheck or Watasha. I like old most country. even alot of the new country-rock stuff. Just the pop stuff that I don't like. Like that Scotty McCreary kid. I'd say the standard would be a Telecaster with an old Fender tube amp. Thats npot what I play through though. WHo wants to be just like everyone else?
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No love for Buck Owens?
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I really like Willie Nelson a lot. I think Graham Parsons deserves a mention too. Never been a fan of Hank Jr, but the original and Hank III are awesome.
Having grown up in England the Country movement in the USA has completely passed me by.

I've just recently discovered it, but as with any genre it's hard to delve through the shit and find the really great stuff worth listening to. Can anybody recommend me a list of great guys/girls to listen to?

Give me an 'essential' country artist playlist, if you will?

Much love to all who post
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