Bands/Musicians The Best Neotraditional Country Bands/Artists  

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Neotraditional country artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good neotraditional country bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top neotraditional country bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Neotraditional country groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all neotraditional country bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest neotraditional country bands of all time, since the most famous neotraditional country artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best neotraditional country music.

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Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neotraditional Country Bands/Artists
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Alan Eugene Jackson is an American singer, songwriter and musician, known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 15 studio albums, three Greatest Hits albums, two Christmas albums, two Gospel albums and several compilations. Jackson has sold over 80 million records worldwide, with more than 50 of his singles having appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs". Of Jackson's entries, 35 were number-one hits, with 50 in the Top 10. He is the recipient of 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Country, Neotraditional country

Albums: Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West, What I Do, Drive, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Arista Records

Career Began: Newnan, Georgia, United States of America

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#9 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#6 on The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

#7 on The Best Country Singers with Deep Voices

#4 on Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers

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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neotraditional Country Bands/Artists
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George Harvey Strait is an American singer, actor, and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s. Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Country

Albums: Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You, Fresh Cut Christmas, Merry Christmas Wherever You Are, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: MCA Records, Universal Music Group Nashville

Career Began: Poteet, Texas, United States of America

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#4 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#32 on Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President

#1 on The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

#1 on Musicians Whose ACM Award Wins Boosted Their Careers

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Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neotraditional Country Bands/Artists
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Randy Bruce Traywick, known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number one hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. Travis is well known for his distinctive baritone ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

Albums: An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends, Full Circle, Wind in the Wire, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Curb Records, DreamWorks Records, Word Records, Warner Bros. Records

Career Began: Marshville, North Carolina, United States of America

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#14 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#9 on The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

#25 on Who's The Most Famous Musician From Every State?

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Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neotraditional Country Bands/Artists
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Patty Loveless, is an American country music singer. Since her emergence on the country music scene in late 1986 with her first album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of the neotraditional country movement, although she has also recorded albums in the country pop and bluegrass genres. Loveless was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, and was raised in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and Louisville, Kentucky and rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock, not to mention a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Her late-1980s records were generally quite popular, earning her comparisons to Patsy Cline, but most critics agree that she truly came into her own as an ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Country pop, Country rock, Honky-tonk, Bluegrass, Country, + more

Albums: Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, Mountain Soul II, Mountain Soul, Only What I Feel, Up Against My Heart, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: MCA Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records

Career Began: Pikeville, Kentucky, United States of America

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#25 on The Top Female Country Singers

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