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The Best Country Singers From West Virginia  

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List Rules Only country singers born or raised in West Virginia.

Here are the best country singers and bands from West Virginia. Country music has firm roots in West Virginia. Although the state has greatly influenced the country's folk music traditions, it has also produced some of the biggest names in country music over the last century. From local bars to massive music festivals, you can see some of the finest up-and-coming country musicians who are natives of the state before they hit it big. Many popular country singers from West Virginia drew influence from their upbringings, and now, their music is available for all to listen to. 

One of the biggest names to come out of West Virginia in any music genre is Brad Paisley. He was born in Glen Dale and has earned 14 CMAs and 3 Grammys. He was also the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 28 until Carrie Underwood. He has found mainstream, crossover success, and he only represents a small portion of country music from the Mountain State. 

Check out this list of the most famous West Virginia country singers. You may be surprised to see who was born or raised here. Vote for the artists you like best so that the world knows who is responsible for putting West Virginia on the map. 

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'Little' Jimmy Dickens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
James Cecil Dickens, better known as Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11", and his rhinestone-studded ...more
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Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Brad Douglas Paisley is an American country music singer-songwriter and musician. Starting with his 1999 debut album, Who Needs Pictures, he has released 10 studio albums and a Christmas ...more
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Red Sovine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine was an American country music singer and songwriter associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives but set to music. The most ...more
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Kathy Mattea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic and traditional country sounds to her music. Active since 1983 as a ...more
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Hawkshaw Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Harold Franklin Hawkins, better known as Hawkshaw Hawkins, was an American country music singer popular from the 1950s into the early 60s known for his rich, smooth vocals and music drawn from ...more
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Lionel Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Lionel Burke Cartwright is an American country music artist. Between 1988 and 1992, Cartwright charted twelve singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, including a Number ...more
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Larry Groce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Larry Groce is an American singer-songwriter and radio host. Since 1983, Groce has served as the host and artistic director of Mountain Stage, a two-hour live music program produced by West ...more
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Connie Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Connie Smith is an American country music artist. Active since 1964, Smith is widely considered to be one of the genre's best female vocalists. She has earned 11 Grammy award nominations, 20 top ...more
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Asleep at the Wheel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but is based in Austin, Texas. Altogether, they have won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 ...more
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Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Charles Ray "Charlie" McCoy is an American session musician noted for his work on a wide variety of instruments. In his career, McCoy has backed several notable musicians including Bob ...more
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Rachel Proctor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Rachel Christine Proctor is an American country music artist. Before signing to a record deal, she co-wrote Martina McBride's 2002 single "Where Would You Be". By 2003, Proctor had ...more
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Wilma Lee Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Wilma Lee Leary, known professionally as Wilma Lee Cooper, was an American bluegrass-based country music entertainer.
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Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Donald Eugene Lytle, better known by his stage name Johnny Paycheck, was an American country music singer, multi-instrumentalist and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David ...more
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Bob Childers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Robert Wayne “Bob” Childers was an American country-folk musician and singer-songwriter from the state of Oklahoma. Both before and after his death, he achieved widespread critical acclaim ...more
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Stoney Cooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Dale Troy Cooper, known professionally as Stoney Cooper, was an American country star and member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was a master of the fiddle and the guitar.
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Billy Cox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
William "Billy" Cox is an American bassist, best known for performing with Jimi Hendrix. Cox is the only surviving member of Jimi Hendrix's three main bands, including the original ...more
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Frank Hutchison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers From West Virginia
Frank Hutchison was an American early country blues and Piedmont blues musician and songwriter. Hutchison was best known as a slide guitar player, where he held the guitar in his lap.