Speedy West Similar Artists

Chet Atkins - 100% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Chester Burton Atkins, 20 June 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, USA, d. 30 June 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The man known as ‘Mister Guitar’ was one of the most influential and prolific guitarists of the twentieth century, as well as an important producer and an RCA Records executive. The son of a music teacher and brother of guitarist Jim Atkins (who played with Le Read more

Merle Travis - 84% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Merle Robert Travis, 29 November 1917, Rosewood, Kentucky, USA, d. 20 October 1983, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. Travis was the son of a tobacco farmer but by the time he was four years old, the family had moved to Ebenezer, Kentucky, and his father was working down the mines. Travis’ father often remarked, ‘Another day older and deeper in debt’, a phrase his son Read more

Leon McAuliffe - 67% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 2000s
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William Leon McAuliffe, 1 March 1917, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 20 August 1988, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. McAuliffe learned both guitar and steel guitar while at school, and when aged 16 joined the Light Crust Doughboys. In March 1935, he joined Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys as steel guitarist, remaining with him until December 1942, when military service intervened. Wills’ Read more

Hank Thompson - 24% match to Speedy West

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry William Thompson, 3 September 1925, Waco, Texas, USA, d. 6 November 2007, Keller, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Thompson, as a young boy, was fond of records by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. He first learned the harmonica and then his parents gave him a guitar for his tenth birthday. He also played Hawaiian guitar, learned conjuring tricks and had a ventriloquist Read more

Bob Wills - 23% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Robert Wills, 6 March 1905, on a farm near Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, USA, d. 13 May 1975, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The eldest of the 10 children of John Thompkins Wills and Emmaline (Foley), Bob was a sickly child and there were fears that he would not survive his early years. His father, known locally as Uncle John, was a skilled fiddler, and later taught his son Read more

Jimmie Rodgers - 20% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
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Jimmie Rodgers - 20% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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James Charles Rodgers, 8 September 1897, Pine Springs, near Meridian, Mississippi, USA, d. 26 May 1933, New York, USA. Jimmie was the youngest of three sons of Aaron Woodberry Rodgers, who had moved from Alabama to Meridian to work as foreman of a railroad maintenance crew. In 1904, his mother Eliza (Bozeman) died (probably from tuberculosis), and following his father’s Read more

Lee Hazlewood - 20% match to Speedy West

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Barton Lee Hazlewood, 9 July 1929, Mannford, Oklahoma, USA, d. 4 August 2007, Henderson, Nevada, USA. Hazlewood, the son of an oil worker, studied medicine at the Southern Methodist University in Fort Worth, Texas and served in Korea as a disc jockey for military radio. On his return in 1953, Hazlewood became a disc jockey at the KCKY station in Coolidge, Arizona. Two years Read more

Ernest Tubb - 19% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernest Dale Tubb, 9 February 1914, near Crisp, Ellis County, Texas, USA, d. 6 September 1984, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Ernest was the youngest of five children of Calvin Tubb, the foreman of a 300-acre cotton farm, and his wife Sarah. In 1920 the family relocated to Benjamin, and then moved again, to Kemp, in 1925. The following year, his parents divorced and initially he Read more

Moon Mullican - 19% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Aubrey Mullican, 29 March 1909, Corrigan, Polk County, Texas, USA, d. 1 January 1967, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Mullican was raised on a farm that was manned by black workers. One sharecropper, Joe Jones, taught Mullican how to play blues guitar. His father bought an old pump organ so that the family could practise hymn-singing, but Aubrey preferred to pound out boogie-woogie an Read more

Red Foley - 17% match to Speedy West

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clyde Julian Foley, 17 June 1910, in a log cabin between Blue Lick and Berea, Kentucky, USA, d. 19 September 1968, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The son of a fiddle player, Foley learned guitar as a child and was encouraged to sing by his parents. After high school, he attended Georgetown College, Kentucky, where he was discovered by a scout for the noted WLS National Barn Dance Read more

The Little Willies - 17% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 2000s
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Ironically, one of the most roots-conscious alt country bands of the early 00s contained one of the era’s biggest pop/jazz vocalists and emerged in New York City, in the form of the Little Willies. Fronted by Norah Jones (Geethali Norah Jones Shankar, 30 March 1979, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; vocals/piano) and Richard Julian (b. 13 June 1967, Austin, Texas, Read more

The Maddox Brothers & Rose - 17% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Webb Pierce - 16% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 August 1921, near West Monroe, Louisiana, USA, d. 24 February 1991, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His father died when Pierce was only three months old, his mother remarried and he was raised on a farm seven miles from Monroe. Although no one in the family performed music, his mother had a collection of country records which, together with Gene Autry films, were his first cou Read more

Br5-49 - 14% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Regarded by many as the most exciting country rock-inspired band in Nashville since Jason And The Scorchers, BR5-49 arrived in 1996 with a provocative manifesto. As Chuck Mead (22 December 1960, Nevada, Missouri, USA; guitar/vocals) told the press: ‘I don’t want it to be seen as some kind of planned competition to stamp out new country. But that’d be nice, bec Read more


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