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The Best Country Singers From North Carolina 

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Updated April 30, 2019 909 votes 184 voters 8.6k views 50 items

List Rules Only country singers born or raised in North Carolina.

Here are the best country artists and country bands from North Carolina. It is safe to say that without the contributions of North Carolina musicians, the country music industry would not be where it is today. In the 1920s, the sounds of such influential artists as Al Hopkins helped solidify what was possible with country music early in its development. One of the most famous North Carolina country singers to really bring country music to the forefront of American culture was Arthur Smith. He had the first television program that was nationally syndicated to feature country music. People who had never heard it before became exposed and became fans of the genre on their own. The state's legacy lives on as many country singers from North Carolina continue to find fame and acclaim to this day. 

Luke Combs has reached the top of the country charts with hit singles like "When It Rains It Pours" and "She Got the Best of Me." Kellie Pickler first found fame on a national stage by going on American Idol, and then found fame with the mainstream country audience with her hit song "Red High Heels." There are plenty of other popular artists to get through on this list of North Carolina country singers. Vote for your favorites to reach the top of the list. 

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Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Luke Albert Combs (born March 2, 1990) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Combs signed a deal with Sony Music Nashville, and the debut single from This One's For You, ...more

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Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Scotty McCreery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Scott Cooke McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in ...more

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Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Chris Lane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Ronnie Lee Milsap (born January 16, 1943) is an American country music singer and pianist. He was one of country music's most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became ...more

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Chase Rice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Earl Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Doc Watson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Stonewall Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Stonewall Jackson (born November 6, 1932) is an American country singer, guitarist and musician who achieved his greatest fame during country's "golden" honky tonk era in the 1950s and

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Jimmy Wayne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Del McCoury is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Billy "Crash" ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Billy Wayne "Crash" Craddock (born June 16, 1939) is an American country and rockabilly singer. He first gained popularity in Australia in the 1950s with a string of rockabilly hits, ...more

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Del Reeves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Franklin Delano Reeves (July 14, 1932 – January 1, 2007), better known as Del Reeves, was an American country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the ...more
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Don Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Donald Eugene Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003) was an American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson wrote such country standards as ...more

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Jason Michael Carroll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Don Schlitz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Donald Alan Schlitz Jr. (born August 29, 1952, in Durham, North Carolina) is a country music songwriter. For his songwriting efforts, Schlitz has earned two Grammys, as well as four ASCAP ...more
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Bucky Covington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Billy Joe Royal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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George Hamilton IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Donna Fargo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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Jim Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
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