Here are the best country artists from Louisiana. When most people think of music out of Louisiana, their first thoughts turn to jazz. While New Orleans was certainly influential in the development of America's music, the state has also played an important role in other genres. For example, country music has really flourished in the Bayou State. Many popular country singers from Louisiana have gone on to dominate the charts, and you may be surprised to learn who was born or raised in this great state.
Tim McGraw is one of the best-selling country artists of all time. However, before he became a megastar, he was born in Delhi before moving and growing up in Start, LA. Jerry Lee Lewis made a name for himself in rock and roll, but later in his career, he dabbled in country music. Trace Adkins is another Louisiana native who hails from the northern part of the state. These singers are only the beginning of everything Louisiana has given the world of music.
On this list of the most famous Louisiana country singers, you will find artists from every era of the 20th and 21st centuries. Once you see all of the amazing acts that got their start here, it may just entice you to take a trip down to the bayous.
- Samuel Timothy McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. McGraw has released fifteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records, three for Big Machine Records and one for Arista ...more
- Tracy Darrell Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American country singer and actor. In 1998, Adkins appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits (season 23). Adkins made his debut in 1996 ...more
- Samuel Paul Kershaw (born February 24, 1958) is an American country music artist. He has released 16 studio albums, with three RIAA platinum certifications and two gold certifications among them. ...more
- Ronnie Gene Dunn (born June 1, 1953) is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. In 2011, Dunn began working as a solo artist following the breakup of Brooks & Dunn. He ...more
- Leon Eric Brooks, III, known as Kix Brooks (born May 12, 1955), is an American country music artist, actor, and film producer best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn and host of ...more
- Chris Cagle (born November 10, 1968) is an American former country music artist. He was first known for writing songs for David Kersh before signing to Virgin Records Nashville in 2000. Cagle made ...more
- Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first great wild ...more
- Tony Joe White (July 23, 1943 – October 24, 2018), nicknamed the Swamp Fox, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie" and for "Rainy Night in ...more
- Jordan Davis is an American country music singer signed to Universal Music Group Nashville's MCA Nashville division. He secured a recording contract with Universal Music Group Nashville in 2016. ...more
- Douglas James Kershaw (born January 24, 1936) is an American fiddle player, singer and songwriter from Louisiana. Active since 1948, he began his career as part of the duo Rusty and Doug, along with ...more
- Hunter Easton Hayes (born September 9, 1991) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is proficient at more than thirty instruments and is signed to Warner Music ...more
- Andrew Tyler Griggs (born August 13, 1973) is an American country music artist. He has released three albums for RCA Records Nashville (You Won't Ever Be Lonely, Freedom, and This I Gotta See) and a ...more
- Edward Garvin Futch (born August 19, 1944), known professionally as Eddy Raven, is an American country music singer and songwriter. Active since 1962, Raven has recorded for several record labels, ...more
- Mickey Leroy Gilley (born March 9, 1936) is an American country music singer and musician. Although he started out singing straight-up country and western material in the 1970s, he moved towards a ...more
- John LaGale "Johnny" Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an American country music, honky tonk and rockabilly singer and musician, during the 1950s and early 1960s, best known for his ...more
- Jo-El Sonnier (; born October 2, 1946, in Rayne, Louisiana) is an American singer-songwriter and accordionist who performs country music and Cajun music. Originally signed to Mercury Nashville ...more
- Warren Storm (born February 18, 1937 in Abbeville, Louisiana) is a drummer and vocalist, known as a pioneer of the musical genre swamp pop, a combination of rhythm and blues, country and western, ...more
- Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer, songwriter and musician. She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional ...more
- James Edward Burton (born August 21, 1939, in Dubberly, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001 (his induction speech was given by longtime fan ...more
- Trini Triggs (born August 8, 1965 in Natchitoches, Louisiana) is an American country music artist. In 1998, he released a self-titled album for MCG/Curb Records; produced by Chuck Howard and Anthony ...more
- Jamie Lynn Marie Spears (born April 4, 1991) is an American singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Louisiana. She is the younger sister of singer Britney Spears. She ...more
- Donna Douglas (born Doris Ione Smith; September 26, 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American actress and singer, known for her role as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). ...more
- Jimmy Yves Newman (August 29, 1927 – June 21, 2014), better known as Jimmy C. Newman (the C stands for Cajun), was an American country music and cajun singer-songwriter and long-time star of the ...more
- Rod Bernard (born August 12, 1940) is an American singer who helped to pioneer the musical genre known as "swamp pop", which combined New Orleans-style rhythm and blues, country and western, and ...more
- Charles David Houston (December 9, 1935 – November 30, 1993) was an American country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s.