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The Best Country Singers From Arkansas 

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Updated April 26, 2019 941 votes 192 voters 7.4k views 50 items

List Rules Only country singers born or raised in Arkansas.

Here are the best country artists and country bands from Arkansas. As a southern state, Arkansas' music heritage consists of mostly country and related genres like rockabilly and bluegrass. Much of the music that has come out of the state over the years mainly incorporates banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, and mandolin into the melodies. There are plenty of country singers from Arkansas you may not be aware of, but now you can update your Arkansas music knowledge and learn some cool trivia. 

One of the most popular and respected country stars of all time, Johnny Cash, was born in Kingsland. Although he primarily embraced country music, his songs also included elements of rock and gospel. He wrote some of the greatest country hits of all time, including "Folsom Prison Blues" and "The Man in Black." Cash set the stage for many other popular country artists to make names for themselves outside of Arkansas. Singers like Kris Allen and Joe Nichols also got their start in the Bear State.

You can peruse this list of the most famous Arkansas country singers at your leisure to see which artists you like. You will find all kinds of country stars, young and old, right here. The power is in your hands to vote for the ones you like best. 

 

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, ...more

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Elton Britt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Elton Britt (born James Elton Baker; June 27, 1913 – June 22, 1972) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician.
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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and ...more

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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Harold Lloyd Jenkins (September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993), better known by his stage name Conway Twitty, was an American country music singer. He also had success in the rock and roll, R&B, ...more

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Tracy Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Tracy Lee Lawrence (born January 27, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Atlanta, Texas and raised in Foreman, Arkansas, Lawrence began performing ...more

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Justin Moore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Justin Cole Moore (born March 30, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Group. For that label, he has released five studio ...more

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Jim Ed Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
James Edward Brown (April 1, 1934 – June 11, 2015) was an American country singer-songwriter who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of the Browns. He later had a ...more

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#238 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time #154 of 211 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time #21 of 100 The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas

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Joe Nichols is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Joseph Edward Nichols (born November 26, 1976) is an American country music artist. Between 1996 and 2001, he held recording contracts with the Intersound and Giant labels. In 2002, he signed ...more

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Ed Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
William Edwin Bruce Jr. (born December 29, 1939) is an American country music songwriter, singer and actor. He is known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ...more

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Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Charles Allan Rich (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. His eclectic style of music was often difficult to classify, encompassing ...more

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Ashley McBryde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas. Her song "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" was named one of the 54 Best Songs of 2017 by The New York Times. McBryde's ...more
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Collin Raye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Floyd Collin Wray (born August 22, 1960) is an American country music singer, known professionally as Collin Raye, and previously as Bubba Wray. Under the latter name, he recorded as a member of ...more

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Lefty Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975), was an American country music singer-songwriter and honky-tonk singer. He gained prominence in 1950 after two major ...more

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Martin Delray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Michael Ray Martin (born September 29, 1949 in Texarkana, Arkansas) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Martin Delray. He worked as a songwriter in the 1980s, with his ...more

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Grandpa Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Louis Marshall Jones (October 20, 1913 – February 19, 1998), known professionally as Grandpa Jones, was an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer. He is a ...more
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Floyd Cramer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997) was an American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville sound. He was known for his "slip note" piano ...more

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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
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Buddy Jewell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Buddy Jewell Jr. (born April 2, 1961) is an American country music singer who was the first winner on the USA Network talent show Nashville Star. Signed to Columbia Records in 2003, Jewell made ...more

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K.T. Oslin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Kay Toinette Oslin (born May 15, 1942) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Best known for her 1987 top ten hit country single, "80's Ladies". She is also well known for ...more

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Jimmie Driftwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
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The Browns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
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Sonny Burgess is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess (May 28, 1929 – August 18, 2017) was an American rockabilly guitarist and singer.
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Barbara Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Barbara Fairchild (born November 12, 1950) is an American country and gospel singer, who is best known for her hit 1973 country song "The Teddy Bear Song" and other country hits.
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David Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
David Frizzell (born September 26, 1941) is an American country music singer. He is the younger brother of country music legend Lefty Frizzell. His career first started in the late 1950s, but ...more