100 Greatest Men: The Complete List Quite possibly country music’s most distinctive vocalist, George Jones wrapped his distinguished vocals around great songs for more than five decades. Jones was born and raised in Texas, and his earliest musical tastes were shaped by the gospel he heard at church, and by the Carter Family songs he heard on the radio. After his dad bought him a guitar, he would play on the streets of Beaumont for tips. He was singing on the radio by his late teens, and after a brief stint in the military, he returned to Texas, where he was discovered by a local record producer named Pappy Daily.
Modern bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent shows off two sides of her musical repertoire with her delightful new album Only Me, which is split across two six-track discs. The first disc is a collection of bluegrass songs, while the second showcases Vincent’s prowess in performing traditional country music.
100 Greatest Women #73 Melba Montgomery Ask most contemporary country fans about who George Jones sang all of those classic duets with, and they’ll say Tammy Wynette. Ask a fan with a deep love for traditional country music the same question, and they’ll answer just as quickly: Melba Montgomery. In fact, until she got her hands on a heart-wrenching Harlan Howard song in the seventies, Montgomery was known primarily as a duet singer. It was way back in 1958 when Roy Acuff caught Melba’s act at a talent show in which he served as the judge. So impressed was the Opry legend that he asked her to replace his departing female vocalist on the road. With Acuff on her side, she signed a recording contract with United Artists in 1962.