Do we go back to the 'beginning' and say Jimmie Rodgers?
Is it Patsy Montana, with her yodel? How about Hank's?
The soulful angst of Gram Parsons or the friendly crooning of Gene Autry?
The grit of Waylon Jennings, Jason Ringenberg, or Johnny Cash?
The quiet introspection of Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt?
The sweet harmonies of the Louvin Brothers or the Dixie Chicks?
How about George Jones, Tex Ritter, Dolly Parton, or Jeff Tweedy?
What do you think, and why?
I wouldn't say George Jones was the best but he's in the Top...........One !
Jeff Tweedy , i can only assume you were stoned when you wrote that .
Who has the best voice?...Roy Orbison, no question, quickly followed by the Hag...who is the best singer?...different question...George Jones, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams, NOT Jr., although he is great..let's not forget Marty Robbins, Eddie Arnold, the Everlies, or the Louvins...no women, you say?...hard to beat Claire Lynch or Linda Ronstadt...a great singer makes you feel the song, whether or not they have a great voice...example?...Petty!...and I sang in high school chorus with him...
Taylor Swift. Just kidding.
To me you can't beat Waylon. Or Loretta Lynn. But, as a pure singer, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, and even Merle Haggard come really close.
That said, I love the darkness of Johnny Cash's voice and of course Hank and would consider the two of them, along with Waylon, to be the Holy Trinity of country music.
And Kristofferson's voice, while not great by some standards, is musical comfort food to me.
And Willie can sing anything.
Kristofferson's voice as 'musical comfort food'; I like that!
Shit, I forgot one.