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The Best Country Singers From North Carolina  

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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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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and Southern rock music. He is perhaps best known for ...more
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Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Randy Bruce Traywick, known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than ...more
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Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Kenneth Eric Church, known professionally as Eric Church, is an American country music singer-songwriter. Signed to Capitol Records since 2005, he has since released a total of four studio ...more
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Scotty McCreery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery 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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Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Ronnie Lee Milsap 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 country music's first ...more
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Chris Lane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Chris Lane (born November 9, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Big Loud Records and Big Loud Mountain management. Lane released "Girl Problems" in ...more
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Chase Rice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Chase Rice (born September 19, 1985) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and reality television personality. Rice is also a former college football linebacker for the University of ...more
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Earl Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Earl Eugene Scruggs was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other ...more
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Stonewall Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Stonewall Jackson is an American country singer and musician who achieved his greatest fame during country's "golden" honky tonk era in the 1950s and early 1960s.
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Doc Watson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy ...more
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Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place. In 2006, ...more
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Don Reno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Don Wesley Reno was an American bluegrass and country musician best known as a banjo player in partnership with Red Smiley, and later with guitarist Bill Harrell.
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Don Schlitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Donald Alan "Don" Schlitz, Jr. is a country music songwriter. For his songwriting efforts, Schlitz has earned two Grammys, as well as four ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year awards. ...more
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Billy Joe Royal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Billy Joe Royal is an American singer.
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Jason Michael Carroll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Jason Michael Carroll is an American country music artist. After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004, Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his ...more
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George Hamilton IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
George Hege Hamilton IV was an American country musician. He began performing in the late 1950s as a teen idol, later switching to country music in the early 1960s.
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Don Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Donald Eugene "Don" Gibson was an American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson penned such country standards as "Sweet Dreams" and ...more
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Willie Weeks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Willie Weeks is an American bass guitarist. He has gained fame performing with famous musicians in a wide variety of genres. He has been one of the most in-demand session musicians throughout ...more
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Warren Barfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Warren Harding Barfield, Jr. is a Christian musician.
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Danielle Peck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Danielle Marie Peck is an American country music artist. Signed to the independent Big Machine Records label in 2005, Peck released her self-titled debut album, which produced the Top 30 country ...more
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Snuffy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
DeWitt "Snuffy" Jenkins was an American old time banjo player and an early proponent of the three-finger banjo style.
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Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams, known professionally as Shirley Caesar is an American Gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist whose career has spanned over six decades. A multi-award ...more
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Sammy Johns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Sammy Johns was an American country singer-songwriter, best known for his million-selling 1975 hit single, "Chevy Van".
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Donna Fargo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From North Carolina
Donna Fargo is an American country singer-songwriter, who is best known for a series of Top 10 country hits in the 1970s. These include "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" and ...more