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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old Crow Medicine Show Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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Carolina Chocolate Drops is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Carolina Chocolate Drops Old-time music, Bluegrass, Country

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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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Clark Kessinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Clark Kessinger Old-time music

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The Monroe Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
The Monroe Brothers Old-time music

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Gid Tanner & His Skillet Licke... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers Old-time music, Country

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Uncle Earl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Uncle Earl Americana, Old-time music

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G. B. Grayson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

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Ernie Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Ernie Carpenter Old-time music

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Dock Boggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Dock Boggs Old-time music

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Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Ralph Stanley Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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Uncle Dave Macon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Uncle Dave Macon Old-time music

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Maybelle Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Maybelle Carter Old-time music, Gospel music, Country

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Roscoe Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Roscoe Holcomb Folk music, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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Stephen Seifert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Stephen Seifert Folk music, Classical music, Old-time music

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Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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Gypsy Gyppo String Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Gypsy Gyppo String Band Old-time music

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Gid Tanner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Gid Tanner Old-time music, Country

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Tao Rodríguez-Seeger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Tao Rodríguez-Seeger Folk music, Folk rock, Old-time music

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Mike Seeger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Mike Seeger Folk music, Old-time music

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David Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
David Rawlings American Primitivism, Americana, Folk music

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Meg Baird is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Meg Baird Folk music, Old-time music

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Riley Puckett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Riley Puckett Old-time music, Country

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French Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
French Carpenter Old-time music

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J.E. Mainer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
J.E. Mainer Old-time music

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The Chuck Wagon Gang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
The Chuck Wagon Gang Bluegrass, Southern Gospel

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Wade Ward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Wade Ward Old-time music

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Carter Stanley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Carter Stanley Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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The New Lost City Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
The New Lost City Ramblers Folk music, Old-time music

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Clayton McMichen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Clayton McMichen Old-time music, Country

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Charlie Higgins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

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Hobart Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Hobart Smith Old-time music

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Homer
Homer "Pappy" Sherrill Old-time music, Bluegrass

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Kyle Creed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

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Charlie Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Charlie Monroe Old-time music

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Snuffy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Snuffy Jenkins Old-time music, Bluegrass

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Curly Ray Cline is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Curly Ray Cline Old-time music, Bluegrass

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McGee Brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
McGee Brothers Old-time music, Country, Blues

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Shelt Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Shelt Carpenter Old-time music

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Kristin Andreassen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Kristin Andreassen Americana, Old-time music

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Fiddlin' John Carson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Fiddlin' John Carson Old-time music, Country

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Dan Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Dan Hornsby Old-time music

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Uncle Jimmy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Uncle Jimmy Thompson Old-time music

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Austin And Lee Allen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Austin And Lee Allen Old-time music, Country

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Michael J. Merenda, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Michael J. Merenda, Jr. Folk music, Folk rock, Old-time music

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Chubby Parker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Chubby Parker Folk music, Old-time music, Country

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Bashful Brother Oswald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Bashful Brother Oswald Old-time music, Country

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Ralph Peer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Ralph Peer Folk music, Old-time music, Country

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Earl Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

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Matokie Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Matokie Slaughter Old-time music