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The Best Country Singers From Texas 

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Updated January 7, 2020 3.6k votes 406 voters 12.3k views 144 items

List Rules Only country singers born or raised in Texas or groups formed in Texas.

Here are the best country artists and bands from Texas. Country music has been an important part of Texas' heritage. In fact, the genre is so popular in the state, a new form of country music emerged. Texas Country is a subgenre that fuses traditional root sounds with the styling of outlaw country. The music can best be described as having a working man's approach with witty undertones. Some of the most notable artists who are part of the Texas Country movement include Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Chris Knight. With that being said, there are plenty of country singers from Texas who fuse all kinds of influences into their songs. 

Roy Orbison is one of the most famous musicians to come out of the Lone Star State of all time. He is best known for his hits, including "Pretty Woman" and "Only the Lonely." A more modern artist who has put country music in Texas on the map is Kacey Musgraves. She carved a niche for herself in the industry for her straight-shooting lyrics and rebellious nature. Some popular country groups from Texas include Eli Young Band, Josh Abbott Band, and The Great Divide.

This list of Texas country singers is the most complete you will find. You will find artists from various decades, so no matter how old you are, you will find an artist you appreciate here. Vote for your favorites. 

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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is ...more

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), ...more

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced ; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, and ...more

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George Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his best ...more

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Cody Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Cody Johnson (born May 21, 1987 in Sebastopol, Texas) is an American Texas country singer-songwriter. He has self-released six albums; the sixth album Gotta Be Me debuted at number two on ...more

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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Kenneth Ray Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is a retired American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.Though he has been ...more

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Ronnie Dunn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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. ...more

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Miranda Lambert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Miranda Leigh Lambert (born November 10, 1983) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, she finished in third place of the television program Nashville Star, a singing ...more

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Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is an American country music singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black's ...more

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Kacey Musgraves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Kacey Lee Musgraves (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She has won six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards and three Academy of Country Music Awards. ...more

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Aaron Watson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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James Aaron Watson (born August 20, 1977) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Active since 1999, Watson has recorded several independent albums in his career. His 2015 album The ...more
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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ...more

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Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Tracy Byrd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Pat Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Patrick Craven Green (born April 5, 1972, in San Antonio, Texas) is an American Texas Country artist. Active since 1995, he has recorded a total of seven studio albums, including several ...more

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Eli Young Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Lee Ann Womack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Lee Ann Womack (born August 19, 1966) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the ...more

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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Tanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958) is an American country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker ...more

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Chris Cagle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Lefty Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Maren Morris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
Maren Larae Morris (born April 10, 1990) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted ...more

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Ray Price is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Randy Rogers Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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Danielle Bradbery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers From Texas
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