Country Singers The Best Country Singers From California  

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List Rules Only country singers born or raised in California.

Here are the best country singers and country bands from California. California has made some major contributions to pop culture over the last century. While it may not be in the south, it has still produced some stellar country musicians. They come from all over the state from parts further north than Sacramento to the central valley where Bakersfield resides. The Bakersfield Sound emerged in the 1950s and 60s as a new type of country music. This variation drew influences from rock and roll, and it was pioneered by such legends as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Many other popular country singers from California followed in their footsteps, and there are some artists who forged their own paths to superstardom. 

Some of the most famous country artists have come out of the Golden State for decades. Although there does appear to be an emergence of young artists who have made names for themselves in recent years. Popular country singers like Cam, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi have shown country still has a place among all the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. California is just as responsible for the acclaim of country music as any state from the south. If you want to see proof of that, then check out our list of California country singers. You can then vote for your favorite singers and bands. 

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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Merle Ronald Haggard is an American country and Western song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the ...more
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Lee Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Melvin Lee Greenwood is an American country music artist. Active since 1962, he has released more than twenty major-label albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country ...more
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Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., known professionally as Buck Owens, was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band ...more
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Jon Pardi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Jonathan Ryan Pardi (born May 20, 1985) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer, signed to Capitol Nashville. He has released two studio albums, one extended play, ...more
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Gary Allan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Gary Allan Herzberg, known professionally as Gary Allan, is an American country music artist. Signed to Decca Records in 1996, Allan made his debut on the United States country music scene with ...more
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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums ...more
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group's membership has had at least a ...more
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, ...more
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Brett Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Brett Charles Young (born March 23, 1981) is an American country pop singer and songwriter from Orange County, California. He was a college baseball pitcher but took up songwriting after an ...more
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Tyler Rich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Tyler Rich (born February 24, 1986) is an American country music singer. He was born in Yuba City, California and began listening to country music at age eight when his cousin played music for ...more
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Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Rick DePiro, who is known by his stage name Ricky Dee, is an American Country singer-songwriter, notable and award winning jazz pianist and jazz organist, and a music producer who has recorded ...more
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Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Orvon Grover Autry, better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in ...more
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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Clyde Jackson Browne is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded ...more
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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and ...more
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Kevin Sharp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Beck Hansen, known by the stage name Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, ...more
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Cam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Cam (born Camaron Marvel Ochs; November 19, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Her music incorporates elements taken from contemporary pop music. She began her career as a ...more
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Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Lynn Rene Anderson is a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop, worldwide megahit " Rose ...more
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Kim Carnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Kim Carnes is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, California, Carnes now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music. She began her career as a songwriter ...more
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Joy Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Joy Elizabeth Williams is an American singer-songwriter. The winner of four Grammy awards, Williams has released four solo albums and four EPs since the release of her self-titled debut in 2001. ...more
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Dave Alvin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
David Albert "Dave" Alvin is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, music producer and poet. He is a former and founding member of the roots rock band the Blasters. Alvin has ...more
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Thom Bresh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Thom Bresh is a country music singer. He is the biological son of Merle Travis. Bresh did not begin his music career until his adult years. From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and ...more
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Ken Curtis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Ken Curtis was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Although he appeared on Gunsmoke in other roles ...more
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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
James Burton is a film actor.