COUNTRY MUSIC LISTENING PROJECT- 40 ESSENTIAL COUNTRY ACTS

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After watching Ken Burns Country Music last week- I have been inspired to do a music listening project on Country Music. Country music is the first music I remember hearing when I was growing up- my father and grandfather were fans and the first records I heard were by Hank Williams, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash.

My idea here at the start is to listen to the essential country acts. I’ve been working on a list the last few days- I narrowed it to 40 artists- they will be the ones I start with- the greats. In deciding I wasn’t concerned about commercial success [I don’t have Eddy Arnold or The Anti- Hank on the list- Arnold while extremely popular was easy listening and The Anti- Hank not worthy of a list- by the third list I may include both along with a Jim Reeves and some who I have questions about as far as their music being country.} Of course the 40 artists I have selected as essential artists can be debated- it was difficult to narrow it to 40 for the first list but here it is.

It was hard to narrow this list to 40- my cut off artist was George Strait- anyone after him didn’t make this list- those artists will be covered later on in the next two lists.  The list is in more or less in chronological order from the beginning and this is how I plan on listening to them. I haven’t listened to as much music in recent weeks as usual- I need a change from the usual music I’ve been listening to- not that I will be listening to country music 100 % of the time but it will be a mix. I hope to complete this 40 by the end of the year and move on to the second 40 at the start of 2020.

JIMMIE RODGERS

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THE CARTER FAMILY

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GENE AUTRY

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BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS

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BILL MONROE AND HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS

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ROY ACUFF

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WOODY GUTHRIE

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ERNEST TUBB

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HANK WILLIAMS

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FLATT AND SCRUGGS

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THE STANLEY BROTHERS

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THE LOUVIN BROTHERS

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LEFTY FRIZZELL

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WEBB PIERCE

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RAY PRICE

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ELVIS PRESLEY

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JOHNNY CASH

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MARTY ROBBINS

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THE EVERLY BROTHERS

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GEORGE JONES

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CONWAY TWITTY

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BUCK OWENS AND THE BUCKAROOS

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RAY CHARLES

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PATSY CLINE

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ROGER MILLER

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WAYLON JENNINGS

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WILLIE NELSON

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LORETTA LYNN

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MERLE HAGGARD

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CHARLEY PRIDE

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TAMMY WYNETTE

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GLEN CAMPBELL

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TOM T. HALL

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GRAM PARSONS

 

DOLLY PARTON

 

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TOWNES VAN ZANDT

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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

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EMMYLOU HARRIS

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GUY CLARK

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GEORGE STRAIT

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