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Old-time music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good old-time music 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 old-time music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Old-time music 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 old-time music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest old-time music bands of all time, since the most famous old music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best old-time music music.

You can click on the old-time music band names to see more information about that particular notable old-time music group. If they're near the top of the best old-time music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top old-time music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the old-time music band names themselves.

This list below has everything from Old Crow Medicine Show to Gillian Welch. Vote for the best artists on the list to see them rise to the top. What's better, Maybelle Carter or Ralph Stanley?

All important, significant and iconic names in old-time music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new old-time music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of old-time music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into old-time music music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good old-time music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent old-time music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best old-time music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest old-time music musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular old-time music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Clark Kessinger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

2
14 5
Uncle Dave Macon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

3
18 9
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Licke... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Country

4
22 13
Carolina Chocolate Drops is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Bluegrass, Country

5
16 8
Roscoe Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music, Bluegrass

6
16 8
The Monroe Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

7
31 23
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

8
10 3
Maybelle Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Gospel music, Country

9
11 5
Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

10
13 8
Dock Boggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

11
13 8
G. B. Grayson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

12
10 6
Gypsy Gyppo String Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

13
9 5
Gid Tanner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Country

14
7 3
The New Lost City Ramblers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music

15
7 3
Carter Stanley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

16
10 7
Ernie Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

17
9 6
Mike Seeger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music

18
6 3
Wade Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

19
5 2
McGee Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Country, Blues

20
5 2
Clayton McMichen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Country

21
20 18
Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

22
6 4
Riley Puckett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Country

23
6 4
The Chuck Wagon Gang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
SandraWorley added Bluegrass, Southern Gospel

24
5 3
Hobart Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

25
5 3
Fiddlin' John Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Country

26
4 2
Charlie Monroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

27
4 2
Earl Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

28
11 10
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

29
11 10
Uncle Earl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Americana, Old-time music

30
10 9
Stephen Seifert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Classical music, Old-time music

31
6 5
Tao Rodríguez-Seeger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Old-time music

32
5 4
French Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

33
5 4
J.E. Mainer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

34
4 3
Kyle Creed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

35
3 2
Humphrey Bate is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

36
3 2
Curly Ray Cline is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Bluegrass

37
3 3
Dan Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

38
3 3
Uncle Jimmy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

39
3 3
Charlie Higgins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists

40
3 3
The Mammals is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Americana, Traditional music, Folk music

41
3 3
Snuffy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music, Bluegrass

42
2 2
Bunt Stephens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

43
5 6
David Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
American Primitivism, Americana, Folk music

44
4 5
Homer
Old-time music, Bluegrass

45
3 4
Shelt Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

46
2 3
Chubby Parker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music, Country

47
1 2
Ralph Peer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music, Country

48
1 2
Old School Freight Train is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

49
1 2
Matokie Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Old-time music

50
1 2
Old Man Luedecke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Old-time Music Bands/Artists
Indie, Folk music, Old-time music