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Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

Old-time music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good old-time music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top old-time music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Old-time music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all old-time music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest old-time music bands of all time, since the most famous old music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best old-time music music.

You can click on the old-time music band names to see more information about that particular notable old-time music group. If they're near the top of the best old-time music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top old-time music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the old-time music band names themselves.

This list below has everything from Old Crow Medicine Show to Gillian Welch. Vote for the best artists on the list to see them rise to the top. What's better, Maybelle Carter or Ralph Stanley?

All important, significant and iconic names in old-time music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new old-time music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of old-time music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into old-time music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good old-time music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent old-time music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best old-time music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest old-time music musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular old-time music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World, Greetings From Wawa

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    Leaving Eden, Heritage, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind

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    Time (The Revelator), Hell Among the Yearlings, Soul Journey

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    The High Lonesome Sound, An Untamed Sense of Control

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    She Waits for Night, Waterloo, Tennessee

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    Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings (1927-29), His Folkways Years ...

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    Classic Sides # A: 1924-1926, Classic Sides # C: 1927-1929, Classic Sides ...

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    Just a Song of Old Kentucky, Let Us Be Lovers Again / All the Good Times ...

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    Dear Companion, Seasons on Earth, Leaves From Off the Tree

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    American Folk Songs For Christmas, Retrograss, Early Southern Guitar ...

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    A Friend of a Friend, Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears ...

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    16 Country Gospel Favorities, Leave the Light On, Keep on Keepin' On

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    Follow Me Down, Build Me Up From Bones, Live at the Troubadour

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    40 Years of Concert Performances, Out Standing in Their Field 1963 - 1973, ...

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    Banjo Lessons on Kyle's Back Porch, Liberty

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    Wildwood Pickin', A Living Legend

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    Lost In The Lonesome Pines, Shine On, Clinch Mountain Sweethearts

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    Complete Record Works In Chronological Order: Volume 1: 1927

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    The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane, Casey Jones / Fare Thee Well Old Joe ...

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    Blue Ridge Legacy

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    Room to Grow, Plow to the End of the Row, The Art of Virtue

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    Hey Buddy, Won't You Roll Down the Line / Salty Dog, Hey Hey Hey

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