Artists

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Cal Smith - Calvin Grant Shofner, known professionally as Cal Smith, was an American country musician, most famous for his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin".
  • Carolina Cotton - Western swing singer-yodeling blond bombshell
  • 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.                                                                 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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”. 
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • Doc Watson - It's difficult if not impossible to overemphasize the talent and skill of this guitar player-singer-entertainer. Loved and appreciated by millions.
  • Dolly Parton - Dolly Rebecca Parton, known mostly for her work in country music, is a businesswoman and philanthropist. Plays multiple instruments, is a songwriter and recording star. One of a kind lady.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 
  • Geezinslaw Brothers: Wonderful performers and among the funniest artists ever.
  • Gene Autry - Autry National Center Museum of the American West
  • 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”. 
  • 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.
  • 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 Remington - "Outstanding steel guitar stylist. Upon being discharged from the military he was hired on-the-spot by Bob Wills"
  • 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.

  • Hoyt Axton - Hoyt Wayne Axton - was an American folk music singer-songwriter, guitarist and a film and TV actor.

  • 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.       

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Capps - Guitar player extraordinaire. Clean, sweet  style. Session Player. Grand Ole Opry staff band.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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 Rodgers - James Charles 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".
  • Joe Edwards - A Nashville treasure, Joe played fiddle and guitar in the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band for 32yrs.

  • 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.
  • 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 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." 

  • 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 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 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”
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Merle Haggard - "Terrific writer, performer and musician who taught himself to play fiddle and developed a genuine western swing sound - a legend"
  • Merle Travis - With a unique guitar style referred to by many as "Travis Picking", Merle "Robert Travis was a country western singer-songwriter-performer. His greatest song was "Sixteen Tons". This turned out to be Tennessee Ernie Ford's biggest hit when he covered it. For years Merle was a regular on TV shows such as Ranch Party, hosted by Tex Ritter. Together with Joe Maphis many instrumentals were recorded.
  • 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. 
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • Ramblin’ Jack - A one of a kind performer. Very interesting. Unique background. Student of Woodie Guthrie.                                             
  • 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.
  • 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 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.  
  • Red Foley - Clyde Julian Foley was an American singer, musician and radio and television personality who contributed greatly to the growth of country music. Red was one of its biggest stars for over 20 years. He was a Grand Ole Opry veteran until his death in September, 1968. He was an inspiration to Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley who each covered many of his songs. He was conducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Red Steagall - Known For His Wonderful Texas Swing dance music
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Skiffle Minstrels - Western Swing and Country Dance Band, authentic sound
  • Sons Of The Pioneers - A long time legendary western singing group. Top hits include "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". Over the years had fine lead singers including Roy Rogers. Roy's son Dusty is, at the time this link was added - the current lead singer.
  • Spade Cooley - American Western Swing Musician, big band leader, actor and television personality
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Thumbs Carlisle - Kenneth Ray Carlisle - Throughout his career, Kenneth "Thumbs" Carlisle was an innovative, unique American guitarist. Sitting with guitar held flat in his lap he fretted and picked with his thumbs. It was an amazing sight to see. One of his very best performances is imitating various other top guitar players on the classic song "Springfield Guitar Social". He worked at one time with Red Foley.
  • Tiffany Transcriptions - "The Tiffany Transcriptions Story/Bob Wills"
  • Time Jumpers - "A group of studio musicians and singers comprising one of the best western swing groups of all time"
  • Tom 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.
  • Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Top Hands - Among the very, very best in Western Swing/Jazz Music
  • 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 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”.
  • 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 
  • Willie Nelson - "Great writer, performer-singer-musician-stylist beginning in the 1950's....unique voice phrasing"
  • 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.  
  • 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.