Artists

  • Allison Krauss - Allison Maria Krauss is the freshest blue-grass-country performer to come along in years. With her distinctive, clear-as-a-bell voice and great fiddle work she is already the best-selling bluegrass performer ever. Starting early, she won local contests by age ten and recorded for the first time at age fourteen. She was invited to join the Union Station band and still performs with them. As of 2018 she has won 27 Grammy awards from 42 nominations, actually being the most awarded female artist in Grammy history.
  • Asleep At The Wheel - Hard Driving Band. Unique Swing Music.
  • Bill Monroe - William Smith Monroe performed for more than 5 decades and is recognized as the father of bluegrass music.
  • Billy Byrd - Lead guitar player with Ernest Tubb 1949-1959, doing many albums with Ernest. Recorded 3 solo instrumental albums. Billy with Hank Garland designed the Byrdland for Gibson guitars. Also a session musician recognized by his peers as among the most skilled guitarists ever to play country music, he taught himself to play listening to Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt records.
  • Bob Wills - "Widely acknowledged as the all-time King Of Western Swing"
  • Boys Of Summer - Western New York's Premier Hall Of Fame Band
  • Buddy Emmons - Considered the world's foremost steel guitarist. Moved to Nashville in 1955 and joined Little Jimmy Dickens band. This Hall-of-Famer was for many years in high demand in the recording industry.
  • Carolina Cotton - Western swing singer-yodeling blond bombshell
  • Carter Family - The Carter Family is a traditional American folk-music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956. Their music had a profound impact on Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Pop and to a lesser extent - Rock and Roll musicians. The Carter Family were the first vocal group to become country music stars. They wrote and recorded dozens of songs including probably the most recognizable country song ever, "Wildwood Flower". Others were Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Keep On The Sunny Side, and Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes. All of these and more are classics today, and are among the most valuable copyrights in the world.
  • Chet Atkins - Beloved guitar stylist, producer, performer and teacher
  • Cindy Cashdollar - "Five-time grammy winner, steel player, recording artist, Texas Music Hall of Fame"
  • Django Reinhardt - Jean "Django" Reinhardt was a French jazz guitarist and composer regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. His playing was phenomenal even though he lacked fingers on his chord/fretting hand caused by a fire. He inspired hundreds of others. In a day when amplification was not yet in vogue he became the most significant jazz talent to emerge from Europe.
  • Doc Watson - It's difficult if not impossible to overemphasize the talent and skill of this guitar player-singer-entertainer. Loved and appreciated by millions.
  • Dolly Parton - Dolly Rebecca Parton, known mostly for her work in country music, is a businesswoman and philanthropist. Plays multiple instruments, is a songwriter and recording star. One of a kind lady.
  • Elvis Presley - Elvis was an American, singer-actor and is considered by many as the most significant cultural icon of the 20th century. In later years he became dubbed "King of Rock and Roll" or just "The King". Beginning in 1954 with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, he went on to have an amazing but rather short career, having died at age 42. He served honorably in the U.S. Army. Magnetism and stage presence unmatched by any entertainer before or since.
  • Ernest Tubb - Biography & History
  • Gene Autry - Autry National Center Museum of the American West
  • George Strait - "Recorded more than 30 albums and 400+ songs, smooth singer with a fine band"
  • Glen Miller - Alton Glenn Miller was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer and band leader during the swing era. He was the best-selling artist 1939 -1943 enjoying numerous top hit songs, 23 of which were number one hits. Unfortunately Glenn's career was cut short. A U.S. Army Captain, he and his band entertained personnel serving in the European theater. While traveling from England to France for an engagement, his plane disappeared in inclement weather over the English channel and has not been found to this day. A profound loss, missed by millions
  • Grady Martin - Thomas "Grady" Martin, an American session guitarist in country music and rockabilly was a member of the Nashville "A" team. Grady recorded for and worked with a significant number of artists. He is renowned for his fantastic, clean, and original guitar backup on Marty Robbins million-seller "El Paso".
  • Hank Garland - Played guitar on many hits coming out of Nashville during the 1950's. Artists he recorded with include Roy Orbison, Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Don Gibson. He wrote "Sugarfoot Rag" and was encouraged to record it by Elvis. He and Billy Byrd designed the Byrdland guitar for Gibson.
  • Hank Thompson - Pioneer of Honky Tonk Swing. Over 30 top 10 Hits. His Brazos Valley Boys was voted best Western Swing Band several times.
  • Herb Remington - "Outstanding steel guitar stylist. Upon being discharged from the military he was hired on-the-spot by Bob Wills"
  • Jimmy Bryant - Blinding speed yet amazingly clean guitar player. Three illustrations are "Stratosphere Boogie", "Four Wheel Drive" and the fiddle tune "Turkey In The Straw". Worked for years with famed steel guitarist Speedy West.
  • Jimmy Dickens - Little Jimmy Dickens was a Grand Ole Opry member for 60 years. This Hall of Famer was the first artist to feature the twin-guitar sound on the Opry stage.
  • Joe Pass - A great jazz guitarist of the 20th century. Created many possibilities for jazz guitar through his chord-melody, chord inversions, progressions, walking basslines and counterpoint during improvisation. Joe often worked with piano great Oscar Peterson and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Received his first Gibson guitar as a gift from a fan.
  • Johnny Gimble - John Paul Gimble is a legend. Johnny was one of the most sought after fiddle players of his day. His 5-string fiddle made him quite unique. Bob Wills referred to him as the "real deal". Years of work in the recording studio and live appearances. Received many awards including Hall of Fame, Instrumentalist of the year and Best Fiddle Player.
  • Les Paul - Lester William Polsfuss, later becoming known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist. Also a songwriter, luthier, inventor and pioneer of the solid body electric guitar. Well known for jazz and popular music, his beginning career was in country music. His early experiments with overdubbing, delay, delay effects, phasing effects and multi-track recording were among the very first. A great guitar innovator he and his wife Mary Ford sold millions of records. Les has a permanent stand-alone exhibit in the rock and roll Hall of Fame.
  • Merle Haggard - "Terrific writer, performer and musician who taught himself to play fiddle and developed a genuine western swing sound - a legend"
  • Merle Travis - With a unique guitar style referred to by many as "Travis Picking", Merle "Robert Travis was a country western singer-songwriter-performer. His greatest song was "Sixteen Tons". This turned out to be Tennessee Ernie Ford's biggest hit when he covered it. For years Merle was a regular on TV shows such as Ranch Party, hosted by Tex Ritter. Together with Joe Maphis many instrumentals were recorded.
  • Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies - Father of Western Swing 
  • Nolan Bruce Allen Youtube
  • Quebe Sisters - "Triple-threat fiddle champions - awesome harmony"
  • Ray Price - Biography
  • Red Foley - Clyde Julian Foley was an American singer, musician and radio and television personality who contributed greatly to the growth of country music. Red was one of its biggest stars for over 20 years. He was a Grand Ole Opry veteran until his death in September, 1968. He was an inspiration to Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley who each covered many of his songs. He was conducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Red Steagall - Known For His Wonderful Texas Swing dance music
  • Riders In The Sky - This wholesome, western music - comedy group started in 1977. All four members are immensely talented, polished musicians. Widely known and respected they appeal also to children. Album of the Year and Grammy winners. Long time members of the Grand Ole Opry. Top-shelf entertainers.
  • Roy Clark - "Roy Linwood Clark" was an American singer and musician best known for hosting the popular "Hee Haw" TV show for 27 years. Hee Haw averaged about 30 million viewers. He frequently guest hosted on the Tonight Show. Renowned as a guitarist he also played other instruments such as banjo and fiddle. Roy is a member of the Grand Old Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Skiffle Minstrels - Western Swing and Country Dance Band, authentic sound
  • Sons Of The Pioneers - A long time legendary western singing group. Top hits include "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". Over the years had fine lead singers including Roy Rogers. Roy's son Dusty is, at the time this link was added - the current lead singer.
  • Spade Cooley - American Western Swing Musician, big band leader, actor and television personality
  • The Light Crust Doughboys - "The longest running band in the history of recorded music"
  • Thumbs Carlisle - Kenneth Ray Carlisle - Throughout his career, Kenneth "Thumbs" Carlisle was an innovative, unique American guitarist. Sitting with guitar held flat in his lap he fretted and picked with his thumbs. It was an amazing sight to see. One of his very best performances is imitating various other top guitar players on the classic song "Springfield Guitar Social". He worked at one time with Red Foley.
  • Tiffany Transcriptions - "The Tiffany Transcriptions Story/Bob Wills"
  • Time Jumpers - "A group of studio musicians and singers comprising one of the best western swing groups of all time"
  • Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Top Hands - Among the very, very best in Western Swing/Jazz Music
  • Wes Montgomery - Widely acknowledged as one of the best jazz guitarists in history, Wes virtually defined jazz guitar in the 1950's and 60's. His idiomatic conception of guitar and the strength of his soloing influenced a great many players who came after him. He changed the language of guitar harmonically, melodically and technically. A unique, super-talented jazz guitar player, his instrumental on "Caravan" is an awesomely outstanding sample of his playing.
  • Western Caravan's Cyberhome! - The Western Caravan New York's Premier Western Swing and Honky Tonk Orchestra 
  • Willie Nelson - "Great writer, performer-singer-musician-stylist beginning in the 1950's....unique voice phrasing"