Country Music Legends Who Still Play at Small Venues
Despite having long since established fame and fortune, some country music stars are still giving music their all today—and you may even be able to see them up close in a small-venue concert near you. Here are just a few country music legends performing in such spaces today:
- John Anderson. John Anderson is a Florida-born country singer whose music career took off in 1973 after he moved to Nashville. There he met singer-songwriter Lionel Delmore, son of Songwriter Hall of Fame member Alton Delmore. The two collaborated on Anderson’s hits, including the 1983 CMA award winner “Swingin’.” Anderson’s work was also popular during the 1990s, and he was given the Academy of Country Music’s Career Achievement Award in 1994.
- Marty Stuart. Marty Stuart learned to play the guitar and mandolin at a young age, joining a bluegrass band by age 12. By 1979, he was a member of Johnny Cash’s backup band, marrying Cash’s daughter Cindy in 1983. Later, his own albums Hillbilly Rock and Tempted won popular and technical acclaim. He co-wrote 1992 GRAMMY-award-winning “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” with Travis Tritt. He was president of the Country Music Foundation from 1996-2002, and is a notable photographer as well.
- The Bellamy Brothers. Florida-born Bellamy brothers Howard and David are country rockers who produced hit singles for decades beginning in the 1970s. They are most well-known for the 1976 international hit “Let Your Love Flow,” but enjoyed pop rock and country success from the ‘70s into the ‘90s. They founded their own label, Bellamy Brothers Records, in 1992 and have received many CMA nominations over their career. They still enjoy touring today.
- John Conlee. John Conlee grew up on a large Kentucky farm, and his music in the mid-1980s drew on that background. He’s known for writing songs about ordinary low-income and middle-class Americans, and he supports them in many ways. Conlee once raised more than $140,000 for Feed the Children and helped found the Family Farm Defense Fund. He currently supports the Wounded Warrior Project and has joined other musicians in raising over $13 million at Farm Aid benefit concerts.
- Crystal Gayle. Crystal Gale is also a Kentucky native who grew up in the shadow of her sister, country music superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn. Nonetheless, she found her own path and became the first female country artist with a platinum album: We Must Believe in Magic. She was named CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1977 and 1978 and earned 3 ACM awards in the late 1970s. She was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
See These Country Music Legends Up Close at Main Street Crossing
Main Street Crossing in Tomball, Texas is one of the best small music venues in the Houston metro area. This unique nonprofit in a historical venue hosts country, Americana, folk, blues, and other types of music artists in an intimate setting: the furthest seat is only 45 feet from the stage. MSC also offers food, beverages, and community seating, making it easier to interact with fellow concertgoers and even performing artists.
Main Street Crossing additionally functions as a multi-use venue for church services, concerts, and more located in Tomball. Check out our event calendar and enjoy entertainment in support of good causes!