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The Best Country Singers From South Carolina

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List RulesOnly country singers born or raised in South Carolina.

South Carolina, particularly Myrtle Beach, has produced numerous famous country stars over the years. Carolina Opry, which is a country music styled variety show, was founded in 1986 by Calvin Gilmore, a well-known country singer, producer, and entrepreneur. It was one of the first family-friendly entertainment venues that produced live music on the Grand Stand. The venue turned the state into one of the preeminent places for country music on the East Coast. Plenty of country singers from South Carolina has broken out into the mainstream and have performed for audiences all over the United States. 

Darius Rucker, best known for being the lead singer of the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, became a country singer after he went solo. He's made such hits as "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" and "It Won't Be Like This for Long." Other popular country singers from South Carolina include Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and Bill Anderson.

Who do you think is the best country act born or raised in the Palmetto State? You can refresh your memory by reviewing this list of South Carolina country singers. Just don't be shocked when you find your favorite country singer on here. 

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    Darius Carlos Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American singer and songwriter. He first gained fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in...  more

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    Joshua Otis Turner (born November 20, 1977) is an American country and gospel singer and actor. In 2003, he signed to MCA Nashville Records. That same year, his debut album's title track, "Long Black...  more

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    Lee Brice (born Kenneth Mobley Brice, Jr., June 10, 1979) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Curb Records. Brice has released four albums for the label: Love Like Crazy,...  more

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    Aaron Dupree Tippin (born July 3, 1958) is an American country music artist and record producer. Initially a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music, he gained a recording contract with RCA Nashville in...  more

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    John Edward Berry (born September 14, 1959) is an American country music artist. Active as a recording artist since 1979, he has recorded more than twenty studio albums, including one platinum album...  more
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    David Ball (born July 9, 1953) is an American country music singer-songwriter and musician. Active since 1988, he has recorded a total of seven studio albums on several labels, including his platinum...  more
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    John Brannen (born March 19, 1952) is an American roots rock/ heartland rock, singer-songwriter whose song, "Somebody," appeared on the Eagles album, Long Road Out of Eden. Brannen is heralded as...  more
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    James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937), known as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long...  more
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    Keith Harling (born May 8, 1963) is an American former country music artist. He made his debut in 1998 with the album Write It in Stone, issued on the MCA Nashville label. It produced four singles on...  more
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    Jameson Clark (born 1972 in Starr, South Carolina) is an American country music singer. Between 2001 and 2002, he recorded for Capitol Records and charted two singles: "Don't Play Any Love Songs" and...  more
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    Walter Louis Garland (11 November 1930 – 27 December 2004) professionally Hank Garland, was an American guitarist and songwriter. He started as a country musician, played rock and roll as it became...  more

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    Charlie Floyd (born in Aynor, South Carolina) is an American country music singer. Floyd performed in his native South Carolina for several years, and opened a nightclub called Charlie's Nite Life in...  more
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    Frank Mandeville Rogers V (born in Florence, South Carolina) is an American record producer, songwriter, music publisher and session musician. In 1990, Rogers moved to Nashville, attending Belmont...  more
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    Jonathan Barnett Kaye (December 12, 1945 – August 18, 2002), known as Jonnie Barnett, was an American musician. In the 1970s, he performed as an opening act for several acts such as Tom Waits,...  more
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    Donald Wesley Reno (February 21, 1926 – October 16, 1984) was an American bluegrass and country musician best known as a banjo player in partnership with Red Smiley, and later with guitarist Bill...  more

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    Marion Cletus "Chuck" Cannon, Jr. (born in Greenville, South Carolina) is an American country music songwriter. His compositions include hit singles for Toby Keith and John Michael Montgomery....  more
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    Tommy Faile was an American songwriter and singer best known for composing "Phantom 309" and singing "The Legend of the Brown Mountain Lights". He was known for his deep voice and comic on-stage...  more
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    Julie Roberts (born February 1, 1979) is an American country music singer. Signed to Mercury Nashville in 2003, Roberts made her debut with the single "Break Down Here" in February 2004, a Top 20 hit...  more

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    Homer "Pappy" Lee Sherrill was an American Old Time and Bluegrass fiddler. Pappy received his first fiddle, a tin model from Sears and Roebuck, at the age of seven. His first professional performance...  more
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    Marshall Chapman (born January 7, 1949, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States) is an American singer-songwriter and author....  more
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    Charles Wilburn "Buck" Trent (born February 17, 1938) is an American country music instrumentalist currently performing in Branson, Missouri. He invented the electric banjo and also plays the...  more
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    Arthur Smith (April 1, 1921 – April 3, 2014) was an American musician, songwriter, and producer of records, as well as a radio and TV host. Smith produced radio and TV shows; The Arthur Smith Show...  more
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    Dorsey Murdock Dixon (October 14, 1897, Darlington, South Carolina – April 18, 1968, Plant City, Florida) was an American old-time and country music songwriter and musician. He was also a millworker...  more
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    Christopher Allen Bouchillon (August 21, 1893 – September 18, 1968) was an American country music and blues musician from South Carolina, who is often credited with being the originator of the...  more
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List Rules: Only country singers born or raised in South Carolina.