I would like to express my gratitude by saying “Thank You” to each of the following artists, and share with you a few of my country music influences.
Included are: Alabama, Aaron Tippin, Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, Bellamy Brothers, Billy Dean, Billy Rader, BlackHawk, Bobby Bare, Brooks & Dunn, Buck Owens, Carl Perkins, The Charlie Daniels Band, Charley Pride, Charlie Rich, Chet Atkins, Chris LeDoux, Clint Black, Collin Raye, Conway Twitty, Dan Seals, Dave Dudley, David Ball, David Frizzell, Del Reeves, Dennis 'Moonshine' Rader, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, Doug Stone, Doug Supernaw, Dwight Yoakam, Earl Thomas Conley, Eddie Rabbitt, Eddy Raven, Garth Brooks, Gatlin Brothers, Gene Autry, George Jones, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Grandpa Jones, Hank Snow, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, Jim Stafford, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Dean, Joe Diffie, John Anderson, John Conlee, John Denver, John Michael Montgomery, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Johnny Paycheck, K.T. Oslin, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers, Keith Whitley, The Kentucky Headhunters, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Greenwood, Lionel Cartwright, Lonestar, Mac Davis, Mac McAnally, Mark Chesnutt, Marty Robbins, Marty Stuart, The Mavericks, Mel McDaniel, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Mickey Gilley, Mike Snider, Neal McCoy, New Grass Revival, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Patty Loveless, Poco, The Rader Family, Randy Travis, Ray Stevens, Restless Heart, Roger Miller, Ronnie Milsap, Roy Acuff, Roy Clark, Roy Rogers, Sammy Kershaw, Sawyer Brown, Shel Silverstein, Shenandoah, The Statler Brothers, Steve Wariner, Suzy Bogguss, Syliva, T.G. Sheppard, Toby Keith, Tom T. Hall, Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings, Wayne Rader, Willie Nelson.
Regarding country music specifically, every single artist listed above played an essential part in helping to shape me (layer on top of layer) into the person I am today. If you stand back and observe my personal pyramid from afar, it is those people and their music that have been holding up residence over on the country music side of my triangle shaped abode for many years.