Boxcar Willie Similar Artists

Johnny Russell - 100% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Bright Russell, 23 January 1940, Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 July 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This hefty Nashville songwriter weighed in at 25 stone, and was fond of remarking that he carried ‘a lot of weight in this town.’ His songs were recorded by artists such as Del Reeves, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Patti Page, and Bobby V Read more

Billie Jo Spears - 83% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1937, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Discovered by songwriter Jack Rhodes, Spears’ first record, as Billie Jo Moore, ‘Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys’, earned her $4, 200 at the age of 15. Despite appearances on The Louisiana Hayride, she did not record regularly until she signed with United Artists Records in 1964. Following her producer, Kelso Herston Read more

Dave Dudley - 79% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Darwin David Pedruska, 3 May 1928, Spencer, Wisconsin, USA, d. 22 December 2003, Danbury, Wisconsin, USA. In 1950, after an arm injury had ruined a baseball career, Dudley turned to performing country music. Following successful broadcasts in Idaho, he formed the Dave Dudley Trio in 1953. In 1960, Dudley was struck by a car while packing equipment, and spent several months i Read more

Moe Bandy - 77% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marion Bandy, 12 February 1944, Meridian, Mississippi, USA. Bandy was nicknamed Moe by his father when a child in the home town of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, so it is perhaps not surprising that he grew up to be a country singer. He later stated: ‘My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. He was the boss of the railway yard in Meridian and Jimmie Ro Read more

Bill Anderson - 72% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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George Hamilton IV - 71% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Leroy Van Dyke - 68% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Leroy Frank Van Dyke, 4 October 1929, Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Besides working on the family farm, Van Dyke learnt the guitar and sang country songs. He gained a degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, and then worked as a farm reporter and also trained as an auctioneer. Van Dyke worked for army intelligence during the Korean War and because he entertained Read more

Barbara Mandrell - 67% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 December 1948, Houston, Texas, USA. Raised in Oceanside, near Los Angeles, California, Mandrell comes from a musical family: her father, Irby, sang and played guitar and her mother, Mary, played piano and taught music. At the age of 12, Mandrell demonstrated the steel guitar at a national convention and then worked in Las Vegas with Joe Maphis and Tex Ritter. By her teens Read more

Roy Drusky - 61% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roy Frank Drusky, 22 June 1930, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 23 September 2004, Portland, Tennessee, USA. Drusky showed interest only in baseball during his childhood and high school days. After attending a Cleveland Indians training camp, he decided against it as a career and, in 1948, joined the navy. A country band on his ship gave him an interest in music, and when next on Read more

Jimmy Dean - 59% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Seth Ward, 10 August 1928, near Plainview, Texas, USA. Dean’s mother, who was the family’s only provider, ran a barbershop and as a boy, he picked cotton and worked on local farms. His mother taught him to play the piano when he was 10 years old and he taught himself guitar, accordion and harmonica as soon as he had access to the instruments. At 16, he began to stu Read more

Red Sovine - 57% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Woodrow Wilson Sovine, 17 July 1918, Charleston, West Virginia, USA, d. 4 April 1980, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Sovine was taught the guitar by his mother and was working professionally by the time he was 17 on WCHS Charleston with Johnny Bailes (Bailes Brothers), and then as part of Jim Pike’s Carolina Tarheels. In 1948 Sovine formed his own band, The Echo Valley Boys Read more

Ferlin Husky - 55% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 December 1925, on a farm near Flat River, Missouri, USA. Husky learned to play guitar as a child and during World War II served in the US Merchant Navy. His mother wanted him to be a preacher and his father a farmer, but after discharge, he found radio work as an announcer and disc jockey but gradually turned to performing while at KXLW St. Louis. In the late 40s he moved Read more

Red Simpson - 53% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Simpson, 6 March 1934, Higley, Arizona, USA. The youngest of 12 children, he grew up in Bakersfield, California, where the family relocated in 1937. He claims to have written his first song, ‘Chicken House Boogie’, to sing to their chickens, when he was 14. Introduced to country music by his father and an elder brother who both played in a local band, he wen Read more

Cal Smith - 52% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Calvin Grant Shofner, 7 April 1932, Gans, Oklahoma, USA. The Shofner family moved to California, where Calvin met the rodeo-rider Todd Mason, becoming his stooge for knife and bullwhip tricks. Mason taught him how to play the guitar and at the age of 15 he was a vocalist with the San Francisco country band Kitty Dibble And Her Dude Ranch Wranglers. After military service, he Read more

Charley Pride - 52% match to Boxcar Willie

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1938, Sledge, Mississippi, USA. Charley Pride was born on a cotton farm, which, as a result of his success, he was later able to purchase. Pride says, ‘My dad named me Charl Frank Pride, but I was born in the country and the midwife wrote it down as Charley’. Harold Dorman, who wrote and recorded ‘Mountain of Love’, also hails from Sledge and wro Read more


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