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The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices 

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Updated February 19, 2020 986 votes 299 voters 18k views 27 items

List Rules Vote up the best country singers with raspy voices.

Many country singers sing with a raspy tone, whether it's their natural voice or a sound they've cultivated over the years. If you enjoy country singers with raspy voices, you might be a fan of singers like Willie Nelson or Melissa Etheridge. Some famous country musicians are known for their rough voices and it's become an endearing quality for their fans. A few famous country singers with raspy voices have even won Grammy Awards.

Who will you find on this top country singers with raspy voices list? Johnny Cash's voice became significantly more raspy in his later years, notably on his heartbreaking rendition of “Hurt.” Kid Rock may have started his career as a rap rocker, but his raspy voice now shapes some of country music's top hits. Other good country stars with vocal fry include Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, and Chris Stapleton.

Do you have a favorite country singer with a raspy voice? Vote the best artists up to the top of this list and add anyone you feel is missing. 

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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003) from Kingsland
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 85 from Abbott
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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Dec. at 30 (1923-1953) from Mount Olive
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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 81 from Oildale
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Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 48 from Romeo
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 69 from Burbank
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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 80 from Houston
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Billy Ray Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 57 from Flatwoods
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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 86 from Butcher Hollow
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Lee Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 76 from Los Angeles
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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 57 from Leavenworth
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Gary Allan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 51 from La Mirada
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Rob Crosby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 64 from Sumter
15
Eddy Raven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 74 from Lafayette
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Hal Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 65 from Greenwich
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Lacy J. Dalton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 72 from Bloomsburg
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Mary Chapin Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 61 from Princeton
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T. Graham Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 64 from Atlanta
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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 60 from Texas
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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
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Kim Carnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 73 from Hollywood
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Randy Owen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
jsmusicprincess85 added Age 69 from Fort Payne
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Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 81 from Maud
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Haley Reinhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers with Raspy Voices
Age 28 from Wheeling