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The Best Country Singers From California 

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Updated April 25, 2019 1.4k votes 163 voters 5.7k views 99 items

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 (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His ...more

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Jon Pardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Lee Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Gary Allan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Brett Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Tyler Rich is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Kevin Sharp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Lynn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Cam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Noel Haggard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Noel Lee Haggard (born September 4, 1963) is an American country music artist. Haggard is the son of country music legend Merle Haggard. He was signed to a recording deal with Atlantic Records ...more
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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Joy Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Jennette McCurdy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Don Rich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
Donald Eugene Ulrich (August 15, 1941 – July 17, 1974), best known by the stage name Don Rich, was a country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted ...more
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Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Cal Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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Patti Page is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From California
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