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The Best Country Singers From North Carolina

Updated April 30, 2019 1.5k votes 237 voters 11.6k views50 items

List RulesOnly 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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