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The Best Country Singers From Arkansas  

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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 was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more
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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Conway Twitty was an American musician and singer. He had success in the country, rock, R&B, and pop genres. He held the record for the most number one singles of any act, with 40 No. 1 ...more
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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Glen Travis Campbell is an American country music singer, guitarist, television host, and occasional actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a ...more
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Tracy Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Tracy Lawrence is an American country music artist. He started at a country music restaurant called "Live At Libby's" where owner Libby Knight would help local talent find their way ...more
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Joe Nichols is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Joseph Edward "Joe" Nichols is an American country music artist. Between 1996 and 2001, Nichols held recording contracts with the Intersound and Giant labels. In 2002, he signed with ...more
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Ashley McBryde is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Justin Moore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Justin Cole Moore is an American country music singer and songwriter signed to Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Group. For that label, he has released three studio albums — his self ...more
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Buddy Jewell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Buddy Jewell Jr. 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 his debut on the ...more
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Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Charles Rich was an American country music singer and musician. His eclectic style of music was often hard to classify in a single genre, encompassing the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and ...more
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Ed Bruce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, Jr. is an American country music songwriter and singer. He is known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" ...more
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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, and singer-songwriter. Thornton made his first break with co-writing and starring in the 1992 thriller One False Move and came to ...more
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Elton Britt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Elton Britt, was an American country music guitarist and singer-songwriter.
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Lefty Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
William Orville "Lefty" Frizzell was an American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s, and a proponent of honky tonk music. His relaxed style of singing was an influence on ...more
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Grandpa Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Louis Marshall Jones, known professionally as Grandpa Jones, was an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of
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Collin Raye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Floyd Elliot Wray is an American country music singer, known professionally as Collin Raye, and previously as Bubba Wray. Under the latter name, he recorded as one-fourth of the band The Wrays ...more
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Sonny Burgess is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess is an American rockabilly guitarist and singer. In the early 1950s, Burgess played boogie woogie music in dance halls and bars around Newport. Burgess, ...more
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Bonnie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Bonnie Jean Brown is an American country music singer and former member of The Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s.
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Floyd Cramer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Floyd Cramer 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 style, where an out-of-key ...more
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Jim Ed Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
James Edward "Jim Ed" Brown is an American country music singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. He later had a successful solo career ...more
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Kris Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released ...more
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Jessica Andrews is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Jessica Danielle Andrews is an American country music singer. At age 15 in mid-1999, she made her debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts with the single "I Will Be ...more
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Jimmie Driftwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
James Corbitt Morris, known professionally as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood, was a prolific American folk music songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs "The Battle of New ...more
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Patsy Montana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Ruby Rose Blevins, known professionally as Patsy Montana, was an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. Montana was the first female country performer to have a million-selling ...more
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K.T. Oslin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Kay Toinette "K. T." Oslin is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is known for a series of top-ten country hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s, four of which ...more
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Blaze Foley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From Arkansas
Michael David Fuller, better known under the stage name Blaze Foley, was an American singer-songwriter.