God Blessed Texas with Lots of Country Stars – and Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida, Too!

Originally published in the January 3, 1995 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

God blessed Texas with lots of country stars — and Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida, too!

Country music’s biggest stars hail from all over the lower 48, from New Jersey (Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter) to California (Lee Greenwood), but there must be something in the water in the South, as this map of your favorite stars’ birthplaces prove.

Oklahoma

  • Garth Brooks (Yukon)
  • Joe Diffie (Duncan)
  • Toby Keith (Moore)
  • Vince Gill (Norman)
  • Reba McEntire (Chockie)

Kentucky

  • Wynonna (Ashland)
  • Billy Ray Cyrus (Flatwoods)
  • Patty Loveless (Belcher Holler)
  • Loretta Lynn (Butcher Holler)
  • John Michael Montgomery (Nicholasville)
  • Dwight Yoakam (Pike Floyd Holler)

Texas

  • Mark Chesnutt (Beaumont)
  • Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn (Coleman)
  • George Jones (Saratoga)
  • Tracy Lawrence (Atlanta)
  • Neal McCoy (Longview)
  • George Strait (Pearsall)
  • Tanya Tucker (Seminole)
  • Clay Walker (Beaumont)
  • *Tracy Byrd (Vidor)
  • *Radney Foster (Del Rio)
  • *Willie Nelson (Abbott)

Georgia

  • Alan Jackson (Newnan)
  • Doug Stone (Atlanta)
  • Trisha Yearwood (Monticello)
  • *Travis Tritt (Marietta)

Florida

  • John Anderson (Apopka)
  • Billy Dean (Quincy)
  • Raul Malo of The Mavericks (Miami)
  • Aaron Tippin (Pensacola)

*Note that when birthplace is a tossup (Garth: Luba or Yukon?) have used town he considers hometown not just accident of birth.

Full List

Artist Birthplace Date of Birth
Anderson, John Apopka, Fla. Dec. 13, 1954
Black, Clint Long Branch, N.J. Feb. 4, 1962
Bogguss, Suzy Aledo, Ill. Dec. 30, 1956
Brooks, Garth Yukon, Okla. Feb. 7, 1962
Brooks, Kix Shreveport, La. May 12, 1955
Carpenter, Mary Chapin Princeton, N.J. Feb. 21, 1958
Chesnutt, Mark Beaumont, Texas Sept. 6, 1963
Cline, Patsy Winchester, Va. Sept. 8, 1932
Cyrus, Billy Ray Flatwoods, Ky. Aug. 25, 1961
Dean, Billy Quincy, Fla. April 2, 1962
Diffie, Joe Duncan, Okla. Dec. 28, 1958
Dunn, Ronnie Coleman, Texas June 1, 1953
Gill, Vince Norman, Okla. April 12, 1957
Hill, Faith Star, Miss. Sept. 21, 1967
Jackson, Alan Newnan, Ga. Oct. 17, 1958
Jones, George Saratoga, Texas Sept. 12, 1931
Keith, Toby Moore, Okla. July 8, 1961
Ketchum, Hal Greenwich, N.Y. April 9, 1953
Lawrence, Tracy Atlanta, Texas Jan. 27, 1968
Loveless, Patty Belcher Holler, Ky. Jan. 4, 1957
Lynn, Loretta Butcher Holler, Ky. April 14, 1935
Malo, Raul Miami, Fla. Aug. 7, 1965
McCoy, Neal Longview, Texas July 30, 1958
McEntire, Reba Chockie, Okla. March 28, 1955
McGraw, Tim Delhi, La. May 1, 1967
Montgomery, John Michael Nicholasville, Ky. Jan. 20,1965
Morgan, Lorrie Nashville, Tenn. June 27, 1959
Parton, Dolly Locust Ridge, Tenn. Jan. 19, 1946
Presley, Elvis Aaron Tupelo, Miss. Jan. 8, 1935
Roe, Marty Lebanon, Ohio Dec. 28, 1960
Shirley, Danny Chattanooga, Tenn. Aug. 12, 1956
Stone, Doug Atlanta, Ga. June 19, 1956
Strait, George Pearsall, Texas May 18, 1952
Stuart, Marty Philadelphia, Miss. Sept. 30, 1958
Tillis, Pam Nashville, Tenn. July 24, 1957
Tippin, Aaron Pensacola, Fla. July 3, 1958
Travis, Randy Marshville, N.C. May 4, 1959
Tucker, Tanya Seminole, Texas Oct. 10, 1958
Twitty, Conway Friar’s Point, Miss. Sept. 1, 1933
Walker, Clay Beaumont, Texas Aug. 19, 1969
Williams, Hank Jr. Shreveport, La. May 26, 1949
Wynonna Ashland, Ky. May 30, 1964
Yearwood, Trisha Monticello, Ga. Sept. 19, 1964
Yoakam, Dwight Pike Floyd Holler, Ky. Oct. 23, 1956

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