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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