Artists

  • Adolph Hofner - Bandleader and vocalist Adolph Hofner was a durable musical icon of south Texas who helped shape Western swing.
  • Al Caiola - Alexander Emil Caiola was an American guitarist, composer and arranger who spanned a variety of music genres including jazz, country, rock, and pop. He worked with some of the biggest names in music during the 20th century, including Elvis Presley, Ray Conniff, Frank Sinatra, Percy Faith, Buddy Holly, Mitch Miller, and Tony Bennett. During World War II Caiola played with the United States Marine Corps 5th Marine Division Band that also included Bob Crosby. Caiola served in the Battle of Iwo Jima as a stretcher bearer. 
  • Al Di Meola - Al Laurence Di Meola is an American guitarist. Known for his works in jazz fusion and world music, he began his career as a guitarist of the group Return to Forever in 1974. In the 1970s and 1980s, albums such as Elegant Gypsy and Friday Night in San Francisco earned him critical and commercial success.
  • Al Jolson - Al Jolson was a Russian-born American singer, comedian, and actor. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer". He popularized many songs that benefited from his “sentimental, melodramatic approach." In the 1920s, Jolson was America's most famous and highest-paid entertainer.
  • Alabama - Alabama is an American country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969. They first named the band “Wildcountry”.  Founded by Randy Owen and his cousin Teddy Gentry. Cousin Jeff Cook joined soon after. Band name was changed to Alabama in 1977. 
  • 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.
  • Ana Vidovic - Ana Vidović is a classical guitarist. Originally from Croatia, she now resides in the United States. A former child prodigy, she has won a number of prizes and international competitions all over the world. NBA’s favorite classical guitar player.
  • Andres Segovia - Andrés Segovia Torres, 1st Marquis of Salobreña, known as Andrés Segovia, was a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Spain. Many professional classical guitarists today were students of Segovia, or students of his students. He is known especially for his expressive performances, his wide palette of tone, and his distinctive musical personality, phrasing and style.
  • Andrews Sisters - The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia, soprano Maxene Anglyn, and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty". The sisters sold over 75 million records. Impeccable military records.
  • Andy Griffith - Andy Samuel Griffith was an American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern Gospel singer, and writer whose career spanned seven decades in music.
  • Anne Murray - Morna Anne Murray, known as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult and contemporary music . During her long career she sold over 55 million albums worldwide. 
  • Asleep At The Wheel - Hard Driving Band. Unique Swing Music.
  • B.B. King - Riley B. King, known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.
  • Benny Goodman - David Benjamin Goodman was an American clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."
  • Benny Martin - Benny Edward Martin, was a great American bluegrass fiddler who invented the 8-string fiddle. During his career he worked with the Smoky Mountain Boys, Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Johnnie and Jack, and the Stonemans, among others.
  • Big Bopper - J.P. Richardson Jiles was an American musician, songwriter, and disc jockey. His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and George Jones first hit "White Lightning in 1959. He was killed in an Iowa plane crash with fellow musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the pilot Roger Peterson. The accident was famously referred to as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean’s 1971 song “American Pie”. 
  • Bill Anderson - James William Anderson III, “Whisperin’ Bill” was a country music singer, writer and TV personality. He became a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1961.
  • Bill Black - William Patton Black Jr. was an American musician and bandleader who is noted as one of the pioneers of rock and roll. He was the bassist in Elvis Presley's early trio, later forming Bill Black's Combo.
  • 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.
  • Billy Grammer - Billy Wayne Grammer was an American country music singer and accomplished guitar player. He recorded the million-selling "Gotta Travel On", which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. Grammer would become a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, eventually designing, and marketing his namesake guitar after co-founding a guitar company, in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Billy Vaughn - "Billy" Vaughn was a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, choral and orchestral leader. On national tours mosf of his shows were sellouts starting in the 1960’s.
  • Billy Walker - William Marvin Walker was an American country music singer and guitarist best known for his 1962 hit, "Charlie's Shoes". “Cross The Brazos At Waco” was another of his hits. Nicknamed The Tall Texan, Walker had more than 30 charted records during a nearly 60-year career; and was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Bob Wills - "Widely acknowledged as the all-time King Of Western Swing"
  • Bobbi Gentry - Bobbie Lee Gentry is an American singer-songwriter who was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material. “Ode To Billy Joe”
    became a giant hit and her signature song. 
  • Bobby Bare - Robert Joseph Bare Sr. is an American country music singer and songwriter, best known for the songs "Detroit City" and "500 Miles Away from Home".
  • Bobby Boatwright - Bobby Lynn Boatwright began playing fiddle at a young age. Later he became a member of the Original Texas Playboys, under the direction of Leon  McAuliffe in 1977. Bob was a very sought after fiddler. He was also a math and physics teacher.
  • Bobby Goldsboro - Bobby Goldsboro is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit "Honey".
  • Bobby Helms - Robert Lee Helms was an American country music singer best known for his 1957 Christmas hit "Jingle Bell Rock".  Other hits include "Fraulein" and "My Special Angel".
  • Bobby Lord - Was a country and rockabilly singer, songwriter, guitarist and television star. His musical career started as a teenager in Tampa, FL, when he was asked to host a television show after appearing as a guest on the show for two weeks. 
  • Boots Randolph - Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit "Yakety Sax". Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville sound" for most of his professional career.   
  • Boys Of Summer - Western New York's Premier Hall Of Fame Band
  • Brenda Lee - Brenda Lee is an American singer-performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s.
  • Brooks and Dunn - Brooks & Dunn is an American country music duo consisting of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, both vocalists and songwriters. The duo was founded in 1990 through the suggestion of Tim DuBois. Before the foundation, both members were solo recording artists. Both members charted two solo singles apiece in the 1980s, with Brooks also releasing an album for Capitol Records in 1989 and writing hit singles for other artists.
  • Buck Owens - Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., (Buck Owens), was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band the Buckaroos. They pioneered  the Bakersfield sound.
  • Buck Trent - Charles Wilburn Trent is an American country music instrumentalist. He invented the electric banjo and also plays dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass and guitar.
  • 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.
  • Buddy Holley - Bud Charles Hardin Holley, was an American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. 
  • Buddy Rich - Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed.
  • Buddy Spicher - Buddy Spicher is an American country music fiddle player. He is a member of The Nashville A-Team of session musicians. He was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year by CMA in 1983 and 1985. He was the first fiddler in the"Nashville Cats" series of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He recorded with nearly all  major country stars of the sixties, seventies, and early eighties, including Faron Young, Johnny Paycheck, Little Jimmy Dickens, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Price, Willy Nelson, George Strait, Bill Monroe, David Allan Coe, and Emmylou Harris.
  • Cal Smith - Calvin Grant Shofner, known professionally as Cal Smith, was an American country musician, most famous for his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin".
  • Carl Perkins - Carl Lee Perkins was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, beginning in 1954.
  • Carl Smith  - Known as “Mr. Country”, hugely successful in the 1950’s with 30 chart singles including 21 in a row. Country Music Hall of Fame.                                                                 
  • Carolina Cotton - Western swing singer-yodeling blond bombshell
  • Carolyn Martin - Carolyn is a super talented western swing music singer. Among her many accolades is her 9 years performing with the Time Jumpers band, Nashville, Tn.
  • 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.
  • Charlie Byrd - Charlie Lee Byrd was an American jazz guitarist best known for his association with Brazilian music, especially bossa nova. In 1962, he collaborated with Stan Getz on the album Jazz Samba, a recording which brought bossa nova into the mainstream of North American music.
  • Charlie Christian - Charles Henry Christian was an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra.
  • Charlie Daniels - Charles Edward Daniels is an American multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, and singer best known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Member of The Musicians Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Charlie McCoy - Charles Ray McCoy is a Grammy-winning American session musician noted mainly for his harmonica performance, but also for his skill on a wide variety of instruments.
  • Charlie Pride - Charlie Frank Pride is an American country music singer, musician, guitarist, recording artist, performer, business owner, and former baseball player.
  • Charo - María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, professionally known simply by her stage name Charo, is a Spanish American actress, comedian and flamenco guitarist. Charo began playing guitar at the age of 9 and trained under the famed Andrés Segovia.
  • Cher - Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, Cher is an American singer, actress and television host. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her six-decade-long career.
  • Chet Atkins - Beloved guitar stylist, producer, performer and teacher
  • Chris O’Connell - An American Music Singer. From the beginning with Asleep At The Wheel, they became the best western swing band in the country, touring with as many as 12 musicians. Chris constantly pushed the boundaries, singing blues, R&B and jazz songs backed by fiddles, steel guitars, horns, piano etc. Lovely voice.
  • Christina Sandsengen - This amazingly talented, super-clean and tasty classical guitar from Norway is young with the world before her. Great stuff at YouTube also. Hearing is believing! 
  • Chrystal Gayle - Crystal Gayle is an American country music singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. Originally under the guidance of sister Loretta Lynn, Gayle soon developed her own MOR style. This new musical direction made her one of the most successful crossover artists of the 1970s and 80s. She is also noted for her floor-length hair.
  • Chubby Wise - Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise was an American bluegrass fiddler. Originally starting out playing the banjo and guitar, Wise began playing fiddle at age 12, working locally in the Jacksonville area. He joined the Jubilee Hillbillies in 1938, then began playing with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1942, including dates at the Grand Ole Opry. He worked with Monroe through 1948, then played with Clyde Moody. He also played with the York Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, and Connie B. Gay before joining Hank Snow and his Rainbow Ranch Boys.
  • Chuck Berry - Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll music. A major influence, he is probably best known for his song “Johnny B. Goode”.
  • Chuck Wagon Gang - The Chuck Wagon Gang is a Country gospel musical group, formed in 1935 by D.P. Carter and son Jim and daughters Rose and Anna. The group got their first radio break as sponsored singers for Bewley Flour in 1936. The "Gang" signed with Columbia Records and remained with them for 39 years, creating a world record with them that lasted until 2000, when Johnny Mathis' overall contract with the same label entered its 40th year. At one point they were Columbia's number one selling group with excess of over 39 million in record sales.
  • Cindy Cashdollar - "Five-time grammy winner, steel player, recording artist, Texas Music Hall of Fame"
  • Clint Black - Clinton Patrick Black is a very American country music singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Several #1 hits, including the single “Better Man”. 
  • Cole Porter - Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film. His first musical, “Kiss Me Kate”, won the first Tony Award for best musical. Songs written, which included many standards which included Beguine The Beguine and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
  • Collins Kids  - The Collins Kids were an American rockabilly duo featuring Lorrie Collins and her younger brother  "Larry" Collins.1950’s hits included  "Hop, Skip and Jump", "Beetle Bug Bop" and "Hoy Hoy". They were regulars on Tex Ritters “Ranch Party” TV series. Larry was mentored by the great Joe Maphis. 
  • Commander Cody - Commander Cody (George Frayne) and His Lost Planet Airmen is an American country rock band founded in 1967. Top songs included Hot Rod Lincoln, Lost In The Ozone and Seeds And Stems Blues.
  • Connie Francis - Connie Francis is an American pop singer and top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Her first big hit was “Who’s Sorry Now”. 
  • Connie Smith - Connie was an American country music artist. She signed with RCA Victor Records in 1963 and remained with the label until 1973. "Once a Day" reached number one and became her signature song.  She had 19 more top-ten hits on the charts.
  • Conway Twitty - Harold Lloyd Jenkins, (Conway Twitty) was an American country music singer. He also had success in the rock and roll, R&B, and pop genres. Member of Country Music and Rockabilly Halls of Fame.
  • Count Basie and his Band - Was a 16 – 18 piece big band, a major jazz performer, started by Basie in 1935.
  • Cowboy Copas - Lloyd Estel Copas, "the Country Gentleman of Song", known by his stage name Cowboy Copas, was an American country music singer popular from the 1940s until his death in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Curley Chalker - Harold Lee “Curly” Chalker was an American steel guitarist from Enterprise, AL. Recorded the album “4 Giants Of Swing” in 1992. Fantastic player, known for his C6th style.
  • Curly Lewis - Curly Lewis was born on a farm in Stiglar Oklahoma, in 1924. He was the fifth child in a family of nine. The family was musically inclined and Curly learned to play many instruments while growing up, including the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass and tenor banjo. Curly was only eleven years old when his older brother Pres secretly signed him up for his first fiddle contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The contest was sponsored by Bob Wills and brought in over 67 fiddlers of all ages from seven states. It lasted three nights and Curly competed in a blue serge suit. Curly went on to win that contest and the $100 prize that went with it. Worked for Hank Thompson and others.
  • Dale Potter - Allen Dale Potter was a long-time regular at the Grand Ole Opry. Dale contributed to records by many of the stellar country artists of the post-war period, including Hank Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Monroe and Cowboy Copas. He was known in the fiddling world as “Mr. Double Stop”. He grew up as a child prodigy playing the family mandolin at age 4 and mastering the guitar by the age of 6 before taking up the fiddle.
  • Dallas Harms - Dallas Leon Harms was a Canadian country music singer-songwriter. Twenty of Harms' singles made the RPM Country Tracks charts, including the number one single "Honky Tonkin' (All Night Long)."Harms was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. Harms was born in Jansen, Saskatchewan, but was raised in Hamilton, Ontario, and was awarded the Hamilton Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016.
  • Dallas Wayne - Dallas Wayne is an Austin, Texas-based singer, songwriter, voice-over artist and on-air radio personality for Sirius Satellite Radio. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Dallas began performing professionally while in high school, and by the age of 18 he had toured throughout the entire U.S. and Canada. After moving to Nashville, he further developed his vocal style singing demos for many of the top publishing houses in the music industry.
  • Darrell Mc Call - Darrell McCall is a country music performer, known for his honky tonk and traditional country musical style at the height of his career in the 1960s, and his return to popularity during the Outlaw country era in the late 1970s. 
  • Dave Brubeck - David Warren Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his mother's classical training and his own improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.
  • Dave Dudley - Dave Dudley was an American country music singer best known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s. His signature song was "Six Days on the Road”. His hits included "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun,"Me and ol' C.B." and “Fireball Rolled A Seven”. Other recordings included “Day Drinking”, a duet with Tom T. Hall.
  • David Grisman - David Grisman is an American mandolinist. His music combines bluegrass, folk, and jazz in a genre he calls "Dawg music". He founded the record label Acoustic Disc, which issues his recordings and those of other acoustic musicians.
  • David Russell - A classical guitarist. He plays Matthias Dammann guitars. Widely known for his near flawless tone and diverse repertoire, Russell is one of the most distinguished and accomplished classical guitarists in the world.
  • Dean Martin - Dino Paul Crocetti (Dean Martin), was an American singer, actor, comedian and producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed "The King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.
  • DeFord Bailey - was an American country music and blues star from the 1920s until 1941. He was the first performer to be introduced on the Grand Ole Opry and the first African-American performer on the show. He played several instruments but is best known for his harmonica tunes.
  • Del Reeves - Franklin Delano Reeves, was one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960’s. Such a great entertainer that other artists had in their contracts not to follow him on shows. Top songs were “Girl On The Billboard”, “Belles Of Southern Belle”, and his truckers anthem “Looking At The World Through A Windshield”.
  • Del Wood - Polly Adelaide Hendricks Hazelwood, known professionally as Del Wood, a long time Grand Ole Opry regular was an American pianist. During the Vietnam War, Wood was part of one of the Grand Ole Opry packages booked to entertain American soldiers.
  • DeWitt Scott - DeWitt Scott, long-time owner of Scottie’s Music in St Louis - was a steel guitar player known world-wide for his musical talents. He was born in Amarillo, Texas on April 10th, 1932. DeWitt grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma, and graduated shortly after in 1950. During the late 60’s he organized “Scotty’s International Steel Guitar Convention”. The first show had 75 attendees, but as time passed it grew more and more with attendees in the 1000’s and featuring artists from around the world. Additionally he started and maintained the “Steel Guitar Hall of Fame” whereas one or more deserving steel guitar artist(s) was added every year.
  • Diamond Rio - Diamond Rio is an American country music band. The band was founded in 1982 as an attraction for the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee, and was originally known as the Grizzly River Boys, then the Tennessee River Boys. It was founded by Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, and Ty Herndon, the last of whom became a solo artist in the mid-1990s. After undergoing several membership changes in its initial years, the band has consisted of the same six members since 1989: Marty Roe, Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Dan Truman, and Dana Williams.
  • Dick Curless - Dick Curless was an American Singer and guitar player best known for singing truck drivin' songs.He  was often called the "Baron of Country music.
  • Dixie Chicks - Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire, Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busing and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one band mate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces".
  • 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 Severinsen - Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen is an American jazz trumpeter who led the band for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in addition to his substantial collection of other accolades.
  • 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.
  • Doc Williams - Born Andrew John Smik June 26, 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, was an influential American country music band leader and vocalist known as Doc Williams. Doc was raised in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. In 1929, as he was about to enter the 10th grade, Doc had to quit school so that he could help support his family. He married Chickie and they became lifelong duo performers.
  • 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.
  • Don Helms - Donald Hugh Helms was a steel guitarist best known for his years with Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys group. His steel playing is an essential element on more than 100 recordings including Hank’s biggest hits.
  • Don Rich - Donald Eugene Ulrich, best known by the stage name Don Rich, was a country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of The Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1974 at the age of 32.
  • Don Williams - Donald Ray Williams was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: "Gentle Giant" of country music.
  • Donna Stoneman - The 2nd youngest of “Pop” Stoneman, Donna was a beautiful, bubbly gal with lots of energy. Performing on Radio and TV in addition to live performances with family band “The Stoneman Family”. A fine entertainer and singer she also played Mandolin and Fiddle, the fiddle of which she played behind her back on some shows.
    Se was famous for her famous white boots and blue jeans. Recorded many songs.
  • Dottie West - Was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and fellow recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Dottie West's career started in the 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again", which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965, the first female in Country Music to receive a Grammy.
  • Doug Kershaw - Douglas James Kershaw is an American fiddle player, singer and songwriter from Louisiana. Active since 1948, he began his career as part of the duo Rusty and Doug, along with his brother, Rusty Kershaw. He had an extensive solo career that included fifteen albums and singles that charted on the Hot Country Songs charts. He is also a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, being inducted in 2009.Long time Opry member.
  • Duane Eddy - Duane Eddy is an American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he had a string of hit records noted for their “twangy” sound. He sold 12 million records by 1963. Member Rock and Roll and Musicians Halls of Fame.
  • Dwane Hall - is a Marine Corp veteran, excellent guitar player and singer. He told NBA in the mid-1970’s “My career will be in Music – even if it’s “simply putting records in jukeboxes”. He continued playing in his “Stone Country” band and in 1985 opportunity knocked. Dwane with his wife Denise bought Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst  Street, Buffalo New York 14207 phone 716-874-7734. Since then they transformed Sportsmen’s from a neighborhood tavern to one of the best live music venues around, referred to by many as the “Austin City Limits” of Western New York. Music is 7 nights a week and includes national acts.
  • Dwight Yoakum - is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, known for his pioneering style of country music. First becoming popular in the mid-1980s, Yoakam has recorded more than twenty albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. He has recorded five Billboard #1 albums, twelve gold albums, and nine platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time”.
  • Eddy Arnold - Richard Edward "Eddy" Arnold was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. A Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, he had 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, selling more than 85 million records. A member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Elana James - Elana is an American songwriter, Western swing, folk and jazz violinist, vocalist, and a founding member of the band Hot Club of Cowtown. Fantastic performer.
  • Eldon Shamblin - Was an American guitarist and arranger, particularly important to the development of Western swing music as one of the first electric guitarists in a popular dance band, working many years for Bob Wills.
  • Elizabeth Cotton - Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was an American blues and folk musician, singer and songwriter. A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. She played a guitar strung for a right-handed player, but played it upside down, as she was left-handed. This position required her to play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her signature alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking".
  • 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.
  • Emmett Miller - Was an American minstrel show performer and singer. Miller was a major influence on many country music singers, including Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Tommy Duncan, and Merle Haggard. His music is a link between old-time Southern music, minstrelsy, jazz, and Western swing.
  • Emmylou Harris - Emmylou Harris is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and won 14 Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other honors, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Eric Clapton - Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.
  • Ernest Ashworth -Ernest Bert Ashworth, was an American country music and cajun singer-songwriter and long-time star of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Ernest Tubb - Biography & History
  • Ervin T Rouse - Ervin Thomas Rouse was a fiddler and songwriter largely known for his widely recorded "Orange Blossom Special" bluegrass standard. He also wrote the 1940s Moon Mullican hit "Sweeter than the flowers", which has also become a bluegrass standard.
  • Faron Young - Was an American country music singer and songwriter, being one of its most successful and colorful stars. Known also as “the Hillbilly Heartthrob” and “The Young Sheriff”. He charted songs for 30 years. Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Fats Domino - Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. was an American pianist and singer-songwriter. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits.
  • Fletcher Anderson - James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music.He was one of the most prolific and versatile black musical performers/arrangers/composers of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Worked for such names as Benny Goodman and Count Basie.
  • Floyd Cramer - Floyd Cramer was an American Hall of Fame pianist and one of the architects of the Nashville sound. Known for his "slip note" piano style.
  • Floyd Tillman - Was an American country musician who, in the 1930s and 1940s, helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Member of Nashville Songwriters Hall   of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Forester Sisters - The Forester Sisters are an American country music vocal group consisting of sisters Kathy, June, Kim and Christy Forester. Charting fifteen Top Tens on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, their biggest hit was “Men”.
  • Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer, actor, producer and one of the most popular, influential and successful musical artists of the 20th century, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
  • Freddie Fender - Freddy Fender was an American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados. He is best known for his 1975 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".
  • Freddie Hart - Frederick Segrest, known professionally as Freddie Hart, was an American country musician and songwriter best known for his chart-topping country song and lone pop hit "Easy Loving," which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972. 
  • Freddy Green - Frederick William Green was an American swing jazz guitarist who played rhythm guitar with the Count Basie Orchestra for almost fifty years. 
  • Fruit Jar Drinkers - In early 1927, Uncle Dave Macon formed the Fruit Jar Drinkers, consisting of him, Sam McGee, Kirk McGee and Mazy Todd. They recorded for the first time on May 7, 1927. Although the group's repertoire mainly consisted of traditional songs and fiddle numbers, they would occasionally record sacred songs under the name “Dixie Sacred Singers”. 
  • Garth Brooks - Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States.
  • Gatemouth Brown - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas known for his work as a blues musician, as well as, country, jazz, Cajun music and R&B styles. His work also encompasses rock and roll, rock music, folk music, electric blues, and Texas blues.
  • Geezinslaw Brothers: Wonderful performers and among the funniest artists ever.
  • Gene Autry - Autry National Center Museum of the American West
  • Gene Gasaway - Gene was the son of J.E. "Bud" and Stella Gasaway and the husband of Veva D. Pruitt Gasaway. He began playing the fiddle at the age of 12 and by the age of 17 was becoming quite known. He worked both with Bob Will, Hank Thompson and Mel Tilles among others. Was a great fiddle player.
  • Gene Krupa - Eugene Bertram Krupa was an American jazz drummer, band leader, actor, and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship.
  • George Jones - George Glenn Jones was one of the greatest American country  singers and songwriters. International acclaimed for his long list of hit records, including his best known song "He Stopped Loving Her Today", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing. For the last twenty years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer. Nicknamed “The Possum.” 
  • 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
  • Glenn Campbell - Glen Travis Campbell was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 until June 1972. He released over 70 albums in a career that spanned five decades, selling over 45 million records worldwide, including twelve gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.  His accomplishments speak for themselves. Glen was one of the very best, ever. 
  • Goldie Hill - Born Argolda Voncile Hill she was among the first women to top the charts with her number One 1953 hit “I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes”. 
  • Gordon Terry - Gordon Terry was an American bluegrass and country music fiddler and guitarist. In rge early years he toured with Webb Pierce. Later was a member of Merle Haggard's backing band The Strangers. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame.
  • Gov. Jimmy Davis - James Houston Davis was an American singer and songwriter, as well as a politician and former two term governor of Louisiana. His constituents loved him. His hit records included You Are My Sunshine and New Moon Over My Shoulder. 
  • 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 Locklin - Lawrence Hankins Locklin was an American country music singer-songwriter. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, Locklin had a long recording career with RCA Victor, and scored big hits with "Please Help Me, I'm Falling", "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" and "Geisha Girl" from 1957-1960. His singles charted from 1949-1971.
  • Hank Snow - Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow was a Canadian-American country music artist, recording some 140 albums.  His #1 hits included self-penned songs "I'm Moving On" and "The Golden Rocket". Other hits were "It Don't Hurt Anymore",  "I've Been Everywhere" and “A Fool Such as I.
  • Hank Thompson - Pioneer of Honky Tonk Swing. Over 30 top 10 Hits. His Brazos Valley Boys was voted best Western Swing Band several times.
  • Hank Williams - Hiram King "Hank" Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.
  • Hank Williams Jr - Randall Hank Williams, known professionally as Hank Williams Jr. and “Bocephus” is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the son of country music great Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III and Holly Williams.
  • Hanson Family - Entertainment Professionals in the Western music genre. Hearing live is believing. They are great.
  • Harlan Howard - Harlan Perry Howard was an American songwriter, principally in country music. In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote many popular and enduring songs, recorded by a variety of different artists. He married Lula Grace Johnson (Jan Howard) and discovered she could sing.The rest is history. His career exploded. Harlan had as many as 15 songs on the Country Top 40 at one time- an amazing feat that has yet to be equaled. Harlan Howard was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and, in 1997, both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Harold Bradley - Harold Ray Bradley was an American guitarist and entrepreneur, who played on many country, rock and pop recordings and produced numerous TV variety shows and movie soundtracks. Having started as a session musician in the 1940s, he was a part of the Nashville A-Team of session players, which included pianist Floyd Cramer and pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake. He is one of the most recorded guitarists in music history.
  • Hawkshaw Hawkins - Harold Franklin Hawkins, better known as Hawkshaw Hawkins, was an American country music singer in the 1950s and early 1960s. His rich and smooth vocals was music drawn from blues, boogie and honky tonk. He had an imposing stage presence and dressed conservatively.  Hawkins died in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was married to country star Jean Shepard. 
  • Herb Ellis - Mitchell Herbert Ellis, known professionally as Herb Ellis, was an American jazz  guitarist. During the 1950s, he was in a trio with pianist Oscar Peterson.
  • Hoot Hester - Hubert Dwane "Hoot" Hester was an American fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist, in country music and bluegrass. He became a session musician and a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry's staff band.
  • Hot Club of Cowtown - The Hot Club of Cowtown is a hot jazz & Western swing trio. Based in Austin, Texas this superb, lauded group has guitar, fiddle and upright base.
  • Howdy Forrester - Howdy Forrester, born Howard Wilson Forrester, was an American bluegrass fiddler and a popularizer and practiser of the "Texas" or "show fiddle" style. He was a long-time member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys.
  • Hoyt Axton - Hoyt Wayne Axton - was an American folk music singer-songwriter, guitarist and a film and TV actor.
  • Jack Anglin - was an American country music singer and Opry performer best known as a member of the Anglin Brothers, and later Johnny and Jack.
  • Jack Greene - Jack Henry Greene was an American country musician, long time member of the Grand Ole Opry and three-time Grammy Award nominee. His biggest hit was “There Goes My Everything”. Earlier on, he played drums for Ernest Tubb.      
  • Jake Erwin - Jake is the upright bass player of this magnificent trio. Super energetic performer. Also a studio musician, has worked numerous recording sessions. If a “Best Bass Player” category existed, Jake would have my vote.
  • James Frederick Rogers - Jimmy Rodgers was an American country, blues and folk singer, songwriter and musician known widely for his rhythmic yodeling. One of the first country music stars, many artists’ cite him as their inspiration. A Hall of Famer known as The Singing Brakeman, The Blue Yodeler, and Father of Country Music".
  • Jan Howard - Born Lula Grace Johnson, Jan was an American country music singer, songwriter, and author. As a singer, she placed 30 singles on the Billboard country songs chart, was a Grand Ole Opry member and was nominated for several major awards. As a writer, she wrote poems and published an autobiography. She was married to American country songwriter Harlan Howard. Known for her work with and support of military organizations. She is a GOLD STAR mom.
  • Jana Jae - Jana Jae is an American country and bluegrass fiddler. She gained national fame by appearing on the nationally broadcast CBS/syndicated television series Hee Haw playing her blue fiddle. .
  • Jeanne C. Riley - Jeannie is an American country music and gospel singer,  best known for her 1968 smash country and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA".It just missed becoming the Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time.
  • Jeanne Pruett - Jeanne Pruett is an American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best known for her 1973 country hit "Satin Sheets" that spent 3 weeks at #1.
  • Jeannie Seely - Marilyn Jeanne "Jeannie" Seely is an American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning country hit "Don't Touch Me".
  • Jerry Reed - Jerry Reed Hubbard was an American country music singer, guitarist, composer, songwriter and actor appearing in more than a dozen films. His signature songs included Guitar Man, Alabama Wild Man, When You're Hot, You're Hot, East Bound and Down and She Got the Goldmine.
  • Jim and Jesse - Jim & Jesse were an American bluegrass music duo composed of brothers Jim and Jesse McReynolds. The two were born and raised in Carfax, a community near Coeburn, Virginia. Long time Opry performers.  Their grandfather recorded at the famous Bristol Sessions in 1927.
  • Jim Croce - James Joseph Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, he released five studio albums and numerous singles. Died  with 5 others in a plane crash on September 20, 1973, at the height of his popularity.
  • Jim Reeves - James Travis Reeves (Gentleman Jim) was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. His records charted from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was killed in the crash of his private airplane. Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.
  • Jim Stafford - James Wayne Stafford is an American comedian, musician, and singer-songwriter.  Stafford has headlined at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, since 1990. He is self-taught on guitar, fiddle, piano, banjo, organ and harmonica.
  • Jimi Hendrix - James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years, but he is widely regarded as one of the kmost influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".
  • 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 C Newman - Jimmy Yves Newman, better known as Jimmy C. Newman, was an American country music and cajun singer-songwriter and long-time star of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Jimmy Capps - Guitar player extraordinaire. Clean, sweet  style. Session Player. Grand Ole Opry staff band.
  • Jimmy Day - Along with Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons, Jimmy Day stood among the finest steel guitarists ever to grace country music.
  • Jimmy Dean - Jimmy Ray Dean was an American country music singer. His greatest hit was “Big John. He was also a television host, actor, and businessman.
  • 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.
  • Jimmy Dorsey - James Francis Dorsey, professionally known as Jimmy Dorsey, was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and big band leader. He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John Silver", "So Many Times", "Amapola", "Brazil", "Pennies from Heaven" with Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frances Langford, "Grand Central Getaway", and "So Rare". He played clarinet on the seminal jazz standards "Singin' the Blues" in 1927 and the original 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind", which were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • Joe Diffie - Joseph Logan Diffie is an American country music singer. After working as a demo singer in the 1980s, he signed with Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990. Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one: his debut.
  • Joe Edwards - A Nashville treasure, Joe played fiddle and guitar in the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band for 32yrs.
  • Joe Holley - Was a beloved left-handed fiddler for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys He was born on a farm outside Stephenville in West Texas. Joe started playing mandolin at the age of 5 before he learned the fiddle eight years later. He would work on his family's farm during the day, and played his fiddle in the evenings.
  • 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.
  • Joey McKenzie - Joey McKenzie is universally recognized as one of the finest musicians in the business. He plays guitar, fiddle and other instruments. His lifelong immersion in Western swing and Texas fiddle styles has made him the preeminent authority as a player and teacher over a wide range of traditional American genres. The Quebe sisters were among Jeff’s students. His L-12 is among the best sounding guitars ever.
  • John D Loudermilk - John D. Loudermilk Jr. was an American singer and songwriter. Although he had his own recording career during the 1950s and 1960s, he was primarily known as a songwriter. His best-known songs include "Indian Reservation", a 1968 UK cover by Don Fardon and a 1971 U.S. No. 1 hit for Paul Revere & the Raiders; "Ebony Eyes", a 1961 U.K. No. 1 and U.S. No. 8 for the Everly Brothers; "Tobacco Road", a 1964 Top 20 hit in both the U.S. and the U.K. for the Nashville Teens; "This Little Bird", a U.K. No. 6 for Marianne Faithfull in 1965, and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", a U.S. Top Ten hit in 1967 for the Casinos and also a U.S. No. 1 country hit for Eddy Arnold the following year.
  • John Hartford - John Cowan Hartford was an American folk, country, and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore. His most successful song is "Gentle on My Mind".
  • John Hughy - Was an American musician. He was known for his work as a session pedal steel guitar player for various country music acts, most notably Vince Gill and Conway Twitty. 
  • John Prine - John Prine is an American country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist and live performer since the early 1970s, and is known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary. Most recognized song: Sam Stone
  • John Wayne Conlee - Is an American country music singer. Between 1978 and 2004 Conlee charted a total of 32 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and recorded 11 studio albums. His singles include seven #1 hits: "Lady Lay Down," "Backside of Thirty," "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," "In My Eyes," "As Long As I'm Rockin' with You" and "Got My Heart Set on You." In addition,Conlee sent 14 other songs to the Top Ten.
  • John Williams - John Christopher Williams, OBE is an Australian virtuosic classical guitarist renowned for his ensemble playing as well as his interpretation and promotion of the modern classical guitar repertoire. In 1973, he shared a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category with fellow guitarist Julian Bream for Julian and John. Guitar historian Graham Wade has said: "John is perhaps the most technically accomplished guitarist the world has seen." 
  • Johnnie & Jack - Johnnie Wright & Jack Anglin were an American country music duo. They became members of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s. Between 1951 and 1962, the duo released several singles on the RCA Victor Records label, including their version of "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" which peaked at No. 4 on the Best Seller charts.  They had a #1 hit with “I Get So Lonely".
  • Johnnie Lee Wills - Wills was born in Jewett, Texas, and was the younger brother of Bob. He played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys starting in 1934, the year the ensemble began playing on radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1939 he founded his own group, the Rhythmairs, but returned to the Playboys in 1940 when Bob split the ensemble into two groups and named Johnnie Lee leader of one of them. Following Bob's move to California in 1940, Johnnie Lee renamed his group Johnnie Lee Wills & All The Boys, remaining in Oklahoma and switched from banjo to fiddle in this group.
  • Johnny Bond - Cyrus Whitfield Bond, known professionally as Johnny Bond, was an American country music entertainer of the 1940s through the 1960s. A regular on Tex Ritter’s Ranch Party in the late 50’s.
  • Johnny Bush - Johnny Bush is a country music singer, songwriter, and drummer. Bush, nicknamed the "Country Caruso," is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of "Whiskey River," a top-ten hit for himself and Willie Nelson's signature song. He is still popular in his native Texas.
  • Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. A top artist, Johnny sold more than 90 million records. Member of Country, Rock n Roll and Gospel Halls of Fame.
  • 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.
  • Johnny Lee Wills - Was an American Western swing fiddler popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Wills was born in Jewett, Texas, and was the younger brother of Bob Wills. His own band The Rhythmaires was later changed to Johnny Lee and all the boys. He re-joined Bob in the early 40’s.
  • Johnny Rivers - Johnny Rivers is an American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock 'n' roll. Rivers charted during the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968, among them "Memphis", "Mountain of Love", "The Seventh Son", "Secret Agent Man", and "Poor Side of Town".
  • Johnny Rodriguez - Juan Raul Davis "Johnny" Rodriguez is an American country music singer. He is a Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds, and even singing verses of songs in Spanish.
  • Johnny Smith - Johnny Henry Smith II was an American cool jazz and mainstream jazz guitarist. He wrote "Walk, Don't Run" in 1954. In 1984, Smith was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Chet Atkins admired him.
  • Jose Mari Chan - José Mari L. Chan is a Chinese Filipino singer, songwriter and businessman. He is   chairman and president of Signature Music, Inc.
  • Justin Tubb  - Son of the legendary Ernest Tubb, he appeared regularly on the Grand Ole Opry for many years. He wrote the song “Lonesome 77203”
  • Karen Carpenter - Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer who, along with her older brother Richard, was part of the duo the Carpenters. She was praised for her contralto vocals, and her drumming abilities were viewed positively by other musicians and critics. Her struggles with eating disorders would later raise awareness of anorexia and body dysmorphia.
  • Keith Coleman - Keith is best known for his many years as a western swing fiddler with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. He also played for other great artists, including Country Music Hall Of Fame members Hank Thompson and Ray Price. Coleman was also known for his ability to read music and play a variety of other instruments including saxophone. But it was his greatness as a fiddler for which he is best known and most respected. Legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble, once said that Keith was the "Fiddler's Fiddler". Like many great other greats he had one foot in the world of jazz.
  • Keith Whitley - Jackie Keith Whitley was an American country music singer. During his career, Whitley only recorded two albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 more after his death.
  • Kelso Herston - A Guitar player and music producer. Among the best ever.
  • Ken Curtis - Ken Curtis was a fine singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the CBS western television series Gunsmoke, joining the cast in 1964. Gunsmoke became the longest running T.V. western in history.
  • Kenny Rogers - Kenneth Ray Rogers is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Rogers has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
  • Kitty Wells - Ellen Muriel Deason,  was an American pioneering female country music singer. She broke down a female barrier in country music with her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" which made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and first female country superstar.
  • Larry Franklin - Lawrence Alvin "Larry" Franklin is an American fiddle and mandolin player, session musician, and composer. His style embraces country, blues, rock & roll, jazz, and Western Swing. Worked with Asleep At The Wheel.
  • Larry Gatlin - Larry Wayne Gatlin is an American country and Southern gospel singer and song writer. With his younger brothers Steve and Rudy, they achieved success and became known as Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.
  • Lena Horne - Lena Horne was an American singer, actress and dancer. In 1942, she became the first African-American performer to be put under contract by a major studio.
  • Lenny Breau - Leonard Harold Breau was an American guitarist and music educator. Breau blended many styles of music, including jazz, country, classical, and flamenco. Inspired by country guitarists like Chet Atkins, Breau used fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar. By using a seven-string guitar and approaching the guitar like a piano, he opened up possibilities for the instrument.
  • Leon McAuliffe - Leon McAuliffe was an American Western swing guitarist who was a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys during the 1930s.
  • Leon Rausch - Edgar Leon Rausch was “the voice” of Bob Will’s Texas Playboys following the departure of Tommy Duncan. Later he started the “New Texas Playboys”.
  • Leon Russell - Was involved with numerous best-selling pop music records during his 60-year career. His genres included pop, country, rock, folk, gospel, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk rock, blues rock, surf, standards, and Tulsa Sound.  Superb piano player.
  • Les Brown - Lester Raymond Brown was an American jazz musician who led the big band Les Brown and His Band of Renown for nearly seven decades from 1938 to 2000.
  • 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.
  • Lew Childre - Lewis Everett Childre was an American country guitarist and singer. Lew Childre was one of the last of the Vaudeville/tent show entertainers in country music and a performer at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Little Roy Wiggins - Ivan Roy Wiggins, known professionally as Little Roy Wiggins, was an American steel guitarist who is best known for his work with Eddy Arnold. 
  • Liz Anderson - Elizabeth Jane Anderson was an American country music singer-songwriter who was one in a wave of new-generation female vocalists in the genre during the 1960s to write and record her own songs on a regular basis. As a songwriter, she scored 26 top 50 hits in the 1960s, more than any other female songwriter that decade in the country music industry. Other songs included the Top 10 “All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers” and #1 “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” both for Merle Haggard. Merle named his band “The Strangers”.
  • Lloyd Green - is an American steel guitarist, most notable for his session work, having played on records with numerous top artists. Member Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
  • Lonnie Mack - Lonnie McIntosh, known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was an influential American pioneer of blues-rock music and rock guitar soloing. Had a great instrumental version of the song “Memphis”.
  • Loretta Lynn - Loretta Lynn is an American country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning nearly 60 years. . 
  • Louvin Brothers - Ira and Charlie Louvin were an American musical duo. Ira died young. Charlie had later hits including “See The Big Man Cry” and “Will You Visit Me On Sunday”.
  • Luther Perkins - Luther Monroe Perkins was an American country music guitarist and a member of the Tennessee Three, the backup band for singer Johnny Cash. Perkins was an iconic figure in what would become known as rockabilly music.
  • Mandrell Sisters - Country music superstar Barbara Mandrell hosted the Sid and Marty Krofft-produced music-variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irlene. All had nice music careers, especially Barbara.
  • Mark O’Connor - Mark O'Connor is an American violinist whose music combines bluegrass, country, jazz and classical music. His mentors included Chet Atkins.
  • Marty Robbins - Martin David Robinson, known professionally as Marty Robbins, had numerous hit records, including the classic “El Paso”. Robbins often topped the country music charts, and several of his songs also were crossover pop hits.
  • Marty Stewart - John Marty Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a string of country hits.
  • Mel Street - King Malachi Street, commonly known as Mel Street, was an American country music singer. His biggest hit was the song “Borrowed Angel”.
  • Mel Tillis - Lonnie Melvin Tillis was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s the biggest success for this military veteran occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits. A fantastic entertainer, he used a speech impediment to his advantage.
  • Melvin Lee Greenwood - is an American country music artist. Active since 1962, he has released more than 20 major-label albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country music charts. Greenwood is known for his patriotic signature song "God Bless the U.S.A.".
  • Merle Haggard - "Terrific writer, performer and musician who taught himself to play fiddle and developed a genuine western swing sound - a legend"
  • Merle Kilgore - Wyatt Merle Kilgore was an American singer, songwriter, and manager. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was the personal manager of Hank Williams Jr. at the time of his death.
  • 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.
  • Mike Snider - Mike Snider, (born May 5, 1961), is an American banjo player and humorist. He specialized in "old-time" mountain music and is a long-time Opry performer.
  • Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies - Father of Western Swing
  • Minnie Pearl - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, known professionally by her stage character Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. 
  • Moe Bandy - Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr. is a country music singer. He was most popular during the 1970s, when he had several hit songs, both alone and with his singing partner, Joe Stampley.
  • Moon Mullican: Aubrey Wilson Mullican was known as "Moon" and "King Of The Hillbilly" piano players. Those influenced by him included Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • Nat King Cole - Nathaniel Adams Coles was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. 
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country rock band. The group has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California, in 1966. The band’s membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as the Dirt Band.
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  • Norman Hamlet - Norm Hamlet is an American steel guitarist and a member of Merle Haggard's The Strangers band for the past 43 years. Hamlet was born on February 27, 1935 in Woodville, California. He began playing guitar in his teens and played throughout North Central California for a number of years with several groups, before going to Bakersfield, California in 1965 where he became an influential part of the Bakersfield sound. He has won many awards, including induction into the Western Swing Society hall of fame in Sacramento, California and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
  • Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s, and they remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.
  • Olivia Newton-John - Is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, dancer, and activist. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number- one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles.
  • Oscar Peterson - Oscar Emmanuel Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.
  • Pat Boone - Patrick Charles Eugene "Pat" Boone is an American singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, and spokesman. Sold more than 45 million records. 
  • Patsy Cline - Virginia Hensley(Patsy)was an American country music singer and part of the “Nashville Sound”. Later crossing over to pop music she was one of the most influential, acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. Country Music Hall of Fame. 
  • Patsy Montana - First female country singer to have a million selling record was Ruby Rose Blevins aka Patsy Montana: “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” in 1935.
  • Patti Page - Clara Ann Fowler, (The Singing Rage) - known by her stage name Patti Page, was an American singer of pop and country music. She was the top-charting female vocalist and best-selling female artist of the 1950s, selling over 100 million records during a six-decade long career.
  • Patty Loveless - Patricia Lee Ramey, known professionally as Patty Loveless, is an American country music singer. Since her 1986 first album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of neo-traditional country. Loveless was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, and raised in Elkhorn City/Louisville Kentucky She rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock and a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Throughout her career, Loveless has sold 15 million albums worldwide.
  • Paul Warren - Was an extraordinary bluegrass sideman who played fiddle on scores of radio and television shows and recording sessions; although he was in the music business over 35 years, he never made a solo studio album.
  • Pee Wee King - Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing "Tennessee Waltz". 
  • Peggy Lee - Norma Deloris Egstrom, known professionally as Peggy Lee, was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning six decades.
  • Pete Drake - Roddis Franklin Drake was a Nashville-based American record producer and pedal steel guitar player. One of the most sought-after backup musicians of the 1960s, he backed many leading artists of the day. 
  • Phil Harris - Wonga Philip Harris was an American Comedian, Actor, jazz musician and orchestra leader. He had one of the best renditions ever of “Stars Fell On Alabama”. Among others, he played Little John in the Robin Hood movie.
  • Pig Robbins - Hargus “Pig” Robbins, considered by many the greatest session pianist/keyboardist ever to grace a Nashville recording studio, maintained an amazing career from the 50’s on into the new millennium, having overcome the handicap of total blindness.
  • Porter Wagner - Porter Wayne Wagoner was an American country music singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced singer Dolly Parton on his television show, and they were a well-known vocal duo throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Quebe Sisters - "Triple-threat fiddle champions - awesome harmony"
  • Rambling Lou - Louis Albert  Schriver was an American country musician and radio broadcaster from Western New York. Schriver began his radio career in 1947, performing live music at WJJL in Niagara Falls. He was the first person to broadcast country music over the Western New York airwaves. He moved to Buffalo's WWOL in 1964 as the station flipped to a country music format. In 1970, Schriver bought WMMJ in Lancaster New York and renamed it WXRL; the "RL" in reference to his initials.
  • Ramblin’ Jack - A one of a kind performer. Very interesting. Unique background. Student of Woodie Guthrie.                                             
  • Randy “Tex” Hill - Long-time musician.  2014 Northwest Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame. Randy is the creator and host of Western Swing Time Radio, www.westernswingtime.com .
  • Ray Benson - Ray is the front man of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, as well as an actor, and voice actor. Fine guitar player.
  • Ray Pillow - Ray Pillow is an American country music singer who has also worked as a music publisher and A&R representative. In his career, he has charted eighteen times on the Billboard country singles charts. Frequent Opry performer.
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  • Ray Stevens - Harold Ray Ragsdale is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and comedian, best known for his hits "Everything Is Beautiful", "Misty", Ahab The Arab and "The Streak". A member of several different Halls Of Fame.  
  • Reba McEntire - Reba Nell McEntire is an American country singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She began her career in the music industry while in high school.
  • 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 Simpson - Joe Cecil "Red" Simpson was an American country singer-songwriter best known for his trucker themed songs.
  • Red Steagall - Known For His Wonderful Texas Swing dance music
  • Redd Stewart - Henry Ellis Stewart (May 27, 1923 – August 2, 2003), better known as Redd Stewart, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist who co-wrote "Tennessee Waltz" with Pee Wee King in 1948. He also wrote “Soldiers Last Letter” and many others.
  • Rich O’Brien - Guitar Legend Rich O’Brien is an artist of extraordinary versatility. Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls him ….”the house guitarist for the cowboy music revival.” He has been inducted into both the Western Swing Society’s and the Western Music Association’s Halls of Fame. Truly a fabulous guitar player, he played on all NBA’s 67 song Salute to Bob Wills.
  • Ricky Nelson - Eric Hilliard Nelson was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957 he began a long and successful career as a recording artist.
  • Ricky Skaggs - Rickie Lee Skaggs is an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.
  • 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.
  • Robert Glynn Luman - Bob Luman was an American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter.His biggest hit was “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers”.
  • Rod Brasfield - Rodney Leon Brasfield was an American comedian who was prominently featured on the Grand Ole Opry from 1947 until his death in 1958. In 1987, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Rodney Crowell - is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. Crowell has had five number one singles on Hot Country Songs, all from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt. He has also written songs and produced for other artists.
  • Roger Miller - Roger Dean Miller was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping country and pop hits.
  • Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of bandleader Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ian Stewart. 
  • Roni Stoneman - Veronica Loretta "Roni" Stoneman is a noted bluegrass banjo player and comedian widely known as a cast member on the country music show Hee Haw. She is the youngest daughter of Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, patriarch of the Stoneman Family, one of the most famous family groups in early country music. Roni is the youngest daughter and second youngest of Stoneman's 23 children, and one of only 13 who survived to adulthood.
  • Ronnie Prophet - Ronald Lawrence Victor Prophet was a Canadian American country musician and comedy performer. In his childhood, Prophet lived in Calumet, Quebec, and began performing at local venues in his youth. His successful musical career in the United States began in the mid-1960s. Prophet also performed in numerous Canadian television productions in the 1970s including Grand Old Country and The Ronnie Prophet Show.
  • Rosanne Cash - Rosanne Cash is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country musician Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto Cash Distin, Johnny Cash's first wife. Although Cash is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock, blues, and most notably Americana. In the 1980s, she had a string of chart-topping singles, which crossed musical genres and landed on both the country and pop charts, the most commercially successful being her 1981 breakthrough hit "Seven Year Ache", which topped the U.S. country singles charts and reached the Top 30 on the U.S. pop singles charts.
  • Roy Acuff - Roy Claxton Acuff, American country music singer, fiddler, promoter and freemason became known as “King Of Country Music”. He is often credited for moving the genre to the singer-based format, helping it become internationally successful. Hank Williams said he’s the biggest singer this music ever knew….book him and you don’t worry about crowds. Drawing power in the south was Roy Acuff, then God. Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 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.
  • Roy Drusky - Roy Frank Drusky, Jr. was an American country music singer, songwriter, producer, actor and disk jockey popular from the 1960s through the early 1970s.With his baritone voice, he was known for incorporating the Nashville sound and for being the first artist to record a song written by Kris Kristofferson. His highest-charting single was the No. 1 "Yes, Mr. Peters", a duet with Priscilla Mitchell. 
  • Sanel Redzik - Sanel Redžić is one of the most virtuosic guitarists of his generation. Known for his varied repertoire and lively performances, he quickly became one of the most important figures on the international guitar scene.
  • Scotty Stoneman - Calvin Scott "Scotty" Stoneman was an American bluegrass and country fiddler, five-time National Fiddle Champion and a member of the Bluegrass Champs, the Kentucky Colonels and the Stoneman Family band.
  • Shot Jackson - Harold Bradley "Shot" Jackson was an American country guitarist best known for playing Dobro and pedal steel guitar. He also designed and manufactured Shobud steel guitars.
  • Skeeter Davis - Skeeter Davis was an American country music singer who sang crossover pop music songs including 1962's "The End of the World". She started out as part of the Davis Sisters as a teenager in the late 1940s, eventually landing on RCA Victor. In the late 1950s, she became a solo star.
  • Skiffle Minstrels - Western Swing and Country Dance Band, authentic sound
  • Sleepy Labeef - Thomas Paulsley LaBeff , with the unusual performing name Sleepy LaBeef, was an American singer, musician and actor from Texas.
  • Sonny James - Jimmie Hugh Loden, known professionally as Sonny James, the southern gentleman was an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". James had 72 country and pop charted releases from 1953 to 1983, with 16 straight Billboard #1 singles among his 26 #1 hits. Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. James was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1961 and co-hosted the first Country Music Association Awards Show in 1967. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Spade Cooley - American Western Swing Musician, big band leader, actor and television personality
  • Statler Brothers - The Statler Brothers were an American country music, gospel, and vocal group. The quartet was formed in 1955 performing locally. In 1964, they sang backup for Johnny Cash until 1972, which was a major help in their rise to stardom.
  • Stephane Grappelli - Stéphane Grappelli, born Stefano Grappelli, was a French-Italian jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called "the grandfather of jazz violinists" and continued playing concerts around the world well into his 80s. For the first three decades of his career, he was billed using a gallicised spelling of his last name, Grappelly, reverting to Grappelli later on.
  • Steve Goodman - Steven Benjamin Goodman was an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago. He wrote the song "City of New Orleans," which was recorded by Arlo Guthrie and many others including Joan Baez, John Denver, The Highwaymen, and Judy Collins; in 1985, it received a Grammy award for best country song, as performed by Willie Nelson. Goodman had a small but dedicated group of fans for his albums and concerts during his lifetime, and is generally considered a musician's musician. His most frequently sung song is the Chicago Cubs anthem, "Go Cubs Go". Goodman died of leukemia in September 1984.
  • Steve Wariner - Steven Noel Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Initially a backing musician for Dottie West, his solo career in the late 1970’s. Steve released 18 studio albums And charted more than fifty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Number one were All Roads Lead to You", "Some Fools Never Learn", "You Can Dream of Me", "Life's Highway", "Small Town Girl", "The Weekend", "Lynda", "Where Did I Go Wrong", "I Got Dreams", and "What If I Said", a duet with Anita Cochran. Three of his studio albums have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies in the United States.
  • Stoneman Family - A very distinguished and remarkable musical family beginning with George Stoneman Sr. in the 1800’s. The band makeup changed over the years but always had a unique sound. Banjo, mandolin, and fiddle were the mainstay lead instruments. Every member was great in his/her own right.
  • Stonewall Jackson - Is an American country singer and musician who achieved his greatest fame during country's golden honky tonk era in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Not signed to any record label when first asked to sing on the Opry.
  • Sue Thompson - Sue Thompson is an American pop and country music singer. She is best known for her million selling hits "Sad Movies" and "Norman", both pop hits in the 1960s.
  • Suzy Bogguss - Susan Kay Bogguss is an American country music singer and songwriter. She began her career in the 1980s as a solo singer. In the 1990s, six of her songs were top-ten hits, three albums achieved gold status, and one album achieved platinum status. She won Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association. Great Singer.
  • T. Tommy Cutrer - This versatile man succeeded as a country and gospel singer and instrumentalist and also as a businessman and politician, but his greatest fame came as a radio/television personality from the 1940s through the 1990’s.
  • Tammy Wynette - Born Virginia Wynette Pugh was an American music singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. She was a Grammy Award-winning country music star, loved by millions.  
  • Tanya Tucker - Tanya Denise Tucker is an American country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972. Many hit songs followed thereafter.
  • Tenessee Ernie Ford - Ernest Jennings Ford, known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American singer and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, he is remembered for his hit recordings of "Shotgun Boogie" and his version of "Sixteen Tons".
  • Tex Beneke - Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke was an American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader.  He sang on Glenn Millers’ “Chattanooga Choo Choo” “ and “I Got A Gal in Kalamazoo”. He was associated with Henry Mancini. Jazz critic Will Friedwald considers Beneke to be one of the major blues singers who sang with the big bands of the early 1940’s. 
  • The Beatles - The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up is: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  They were regarded the most influential band of all time. 
  • The Browns - The Browns were an American country and folk music vocal trio best known for their 1959 Grammy-nominated hit, "The Three Bells". The group was composed of Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. They were regulars on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • The Eagles - The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. Their albums Their Greatest Hits and Hotel California rank first and third, respectively, among the best-selling albums in the United States, with 38 million and 26 million album units in sales. The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold more than 200 million records, including 100 million albums sold in U.S alone. They were ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • The Judds - The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd. The duo signed to RCA Records in 1983 and released six studio albums between then and 1991. The Judds were one of the most successful acts in country music history, winning five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and eight Country Music Association awards. They also had 25 singles on the country music charts between 1983 and 2000, of which 14 went to No. 1.
  • The Light Crust Doughboys - "The longest running band in the history of recorded music"
  • The Ventures - The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band, formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The band helped to popularize the electric guitar throughout the United States and the world. They still tour in Japan.
  • Thom Bresh - Thomas Charles Bresh (born February 23, 1948), sometimes spelled Tom Bresh, is an American country music guitarist and singer. Active since the 1970s, Bresh has charted multiple singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. As Chet Atkins put it, “Thom Bresh is a "World Class" guitarist that deserves to be heard.” On every performance Bresh pays tribute to his father. When he lays into his father’s thumbpickin’ classics, he and that guitar will leave the Travis style pickers hungry and the rest of us breathless.
  • 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"
  • Tim McGraw - Samuel Timothy McGraw is an American singer and actor. 10 of his 15 albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album Not a Moment Too Soon being the top country album of 1994. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts. also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music and other awards,11 He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.
  • Time Jumpers - "A group of studio musicians and singers comprising one of the best western swing groups of all time"
  • Tiny Moore - His primary instrument was electric mandolin.[1] While a member of the Texas Playboys from 1946 to 1950,[2] he played Gibson electric mandolins: at first an EM-125, and sometime after 1948, an EM-150. Although these are 8-string mandolins, Moore used four single strings instead of pairs. This made his mandolin sound like an electric guitar. In 1952, he commissioned a five-string electric mandolin from Paul Bigsby. Moore was playing in a band led by Bob Wills' brother, Billy Jack. The Bigsby 5-string mandolin had single courses of strings (rather than the paired courses on a standard mandolin) and added a low C string to the standard G, D, A and E. This tuning actually gives the instrument a wider range of notes than a guitar.Western swing is a hybrid of country, blues, and jazz and others. Moore's style of playing draws from all of these sources. Moore and his Bigsby mandolin were identified with each other for the remainder of his career.
  • Titanic Band - The band that played on. The band of Titanic is one of the most mysterious and legendary tales that comes from the ill-fated ocean liner. Titanic’s eight-member band was led by Wallace Hartley, and upon panic of the passengers during Titanic’s sinking, assembled in the first-class lounge to play in an effort to keep everyone calm.
  • Toby Keith - Toby Keith Covel is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream Walkin', plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998. These albums all earned Gold or higher certification, and produced several Top Ten singles, including his debut "Should've Been a Cowboy", which topped the country charts and was the most-played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.
  • Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Top Hands - Among the very, very best in Western Swing/Jazz Music
  • Tom T. Hall: Thomas T. Hall is a country singer, songwriter and novelist. He wrote more than 38 songs, 12 of which were #1 hits. His storytelling, songwriting style is quite unique.
  • Tommy Allsup - Was a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off the plane that later crashed and killed the rock ’n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, JP Richardson. Tommy produced Bob Wills “For The Last Time” Album. He played rhythm guitar on all NBA’s songs, 67 tracks encompassing 3 CD’s.
  • Tommy Collins - Leonard Raymond Sipes, better known as Tommy Collins, was an American country music singer and songwriter. Active primarily during the 1950s through the 1970s, Collins was instrumental in helping create the Bakersfield sound of the country music genre. He enjoyed a string of hits during the mid-1950s including "It Tickles" and "Watcha Gonna Do Now". He also wrote several songs for other artists, including "If You Ain't Lovin'", which was a top 10 hit for Faron Young in 1954 and a No. 1 hit by George Strait in 1988.
  • Tommy Dorsey - Jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. His theme song was I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. His technical skill on the trombone gave him renown among other musicians. He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Dorsey broke with his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. He is best remembered for standards such as "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", and his biggest hit single, "I'll Never Smile Again".
  • Tommy Duncan - Thomas Elmer Duncan, better known as Tommy Duncan, was an early American Western swing vocalist, gaining fame in the 1930s as a founding member of Bob Wills Texas Playboys, recording and touring into the early 1960’s.
  • Tommy Emmanuel - William Thomas Emmanuel AM is an Australian guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. Although originally a session player in many bands, Emmanuel has carved out his own style as a solo artist, releasing award-winning albums and singles. In the May 2008 and 2010 issues of Guitar Player Magazine, he was named "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in its readers' poll. In June 2010 Emmanuel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2011, Emmanuel was inducted into the Australian Roll of Renown.
  • Tommy Hunter - In 1956, Canada’s Country Gentleman began performing as a rhythm guitarist on the CBC Television show, Country Hoedown. The Tommy Hunter Show began as a CBC radio program in 1960 and went on to replace Country Hoedown on CBC Television in 1965; Hunter's show was picked up by TNN in 1983 and ran on CBC until 1992.
  • Tommy Tedesco - Thomas J. Tedesco was an American guitarist and studio musician in (the wrecking crew, 1960’s) Hollywood. His playing credits include the themes from television's Bonanza, Twilight Zone, Green Acres, M*A*S*H and Batman. Tommy is from the Niagara Falls – Buffalo, New York area.
  • Tommy Williams - Tommy was a fiddle prodigy of sufficient promise that, at age 13, he was sent by his father to live and work with Ferlin Husky, leaving Ft. Myers, FL, for Bakersfield, CA. A couple of years later, He moved to Nashville and became a session player, often appearing on the Grand Ole Opry playing for many of the top names.
  • Tony Bennett - Anthony Dominick Benedetto (Tony Bennett) is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. Signature song “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.
  • Tony Booth - Tony Booth is an American country music singer who participated in Buck Owens' "Bakersfield sound" revolution. Hits included “Lonesome 77203”, “The Key’s In The Mailbox” and “Cinderella”.
  • Tony Mottola  - Thomas Daniel Mottola is a jazz guitar player and American music executive. He is the co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He headed Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, for nearly 15 years. Had many great albums to his credit.
  • Tony Rice - American guitarist and bluegrass musician. He is perhaps the most influential living acoustic guitar player in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass and flattop acoustic jazz. Inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • Uncle Dave Macon - Uncle Dave Macon, born David Harrison Macon—also known as "The Dixie Dewdrop"—was an American old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedian.  He gained fame as a vaudeville performer in the 1920s, and became the first star of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Vern Gosden - Vernon Gosdin was an American country music singer known as "The Voice” with 19 top-10 solo and 3 number 1 hits. From Woodland, Alabama. 
  • Vernon Dalhart - First male country singer to have a million selling record: “Wreck  Of The Old 97” in 1924.
  • Vince Gill - Vincent Grant Gill is an American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as front man to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist and a duet partner.
  • Wade Ray - Wade Ray was an American Western Swing fiddler and vocalist. His bands, the Wade Ray Five, Wade Ray And His Ozark Mountain Boys, etc., included musicians such as Kenneth Carlille and Curly Chalker. He worked  also with Ernest Tubb and Tex Williams. He retired to Sparta, Illinois in 1979 where he died in 1998.  
  • Wanda Jackson - Wanda Lavonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock-and-roll artist. She is known to many as the "Queen of Rockabilly" or the "First Lady of Rockabilly".
  • Waylon Jennings - Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.  Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, and hired him to play bass. Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight in 1959 that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. Richardson and Ritchie Valens. Jennings was instrumental in recording country music's first platinum album, Wanted! The Outlaws.
  • Webb Pierce - Michael Webb Pierce was an American honky tonk vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of the 1950s. Web had numerous number one songs.
  • Weldon Myrick - Was a steel guitar player From Jayton, Texas. He dubued in 1964, playing on the #1 country hit "Once a Day" by Connie Smith. A long time Grand Ole Opry staff steel guitarist. He was a smooth, tasty and sweet player.
  • 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 
  • Whit Smith - Born to musical parents, Whit was exposed right away to a life of practicing and performing. A member of the Hot Club of Cowtown Trio, he also teaches western swing guitar on Youtube. Fabulous guitarist.
  • Willie Nelson - "Great writer, performer-singer-musician-stylist beginning in the 1950's....unique voice phrasing"
  • Willis Brothers - The Willis Brothers were a country music ensemble from Oklahoma, which consisted of brothers  James, Charles and Webb. They began as teenagers under the name Oklahoma Rangers in the early 1930’s.
  • Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper - The traditional sounds of the southern Appalachian mountains were echoed in their music. In 1950, the Coopers and their band, the Clinch Mountain Clan, were named "the most authentic mountain singing group in the United States" by the music library of Harvard University. They performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry for many years.
  • Woody Paul - Paul Woodrow Chrisman, better known by his stage name Woody Paul, is an American singer, fiddler, and composer, best known for his work with the Western swing musical and comedy group Riders in the Sky. With the Riders, he is billed as "Woody Paul — King of the Cowboy Fiddlers". He was inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame in 2012 and is "known in the music industry for being proficient and innovative across many musical genres including western, jazz, bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic." He has won two Grammy Awards with his band.
  • Wrecking Crew - The Wrecking Crew was a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles. It included two of the finest guitar players ever, Glen Campbell and Tommy Tedesco. The Wrecking Crew was utilized by most major stars in the 1950’s and 1960’s, making thousands of studio recordings that included several hundred Top 40 hits.