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I agree with a comment made by Paul Dennis that all quibbling aside, this is one fantastic job. Just putting together a list of the top 100 is no easy thing. Doing it with thoroughly researched and well written write-ups for each artist is a monumental task. I congratulate you.
I was happy to see a few of my favorites, John Denver, Everly Brothers, the Eagles, Collin Raye and Gene Watson and to a lesser degree (I don’t play them as frequently) Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, Garth Brooks and Glen Campbell. My #1 country artist, Hal Ketchum …
…so Steve Earle isn’t as good and/or influential as Rascal Flatts? Or Lee Greenwood? Or Brad Paisley?
Great list, but Earle is a glaring omission.
As is Townes Van Zandt, although I suppose one could argue that he’s more of a folk guy.
Now that the list is complete the most startling omissions from the list were Jack Greene, Cal Smith, and Dave Dudley all of whom I would have slotted somewhere in the 50s
I would make the case for Grandpa Jones and Ernest Stoneman as well.
Of course this would mean deleting five artists , which would be a difficult task (I’d dump Eagles, Eck Robertson, Fiddlin’ John Carson, Sawyer Brown and Keith Urban)
No Earl Thomas Conley? He had something like 15-20 #1’s in the 80s. Think I’d have him somewhere in the 80-90 range and probably drop Rascal Flatts.
ETC had 18 #1s and 26 total top 10s between 1981 and 1991. And I agree that he should have definitely made this list.
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