Country music has been a part of television since the beginning of the medium in the late 1940s. Shows like The Old Barn Dance and Louisiana Hayride featured live performances from Patsy Montana and Elvis Presley, and a 1954 appearance on I Love Lucy transformed Tennessee Ernie Ford from a local radio and TV personality to a national star.
Sadly, country music and cowboy music are no longer synonymous. With Hollywood-polished country singers dominating the airwaves, traditional Western music can be difficult to find. These three singers, pulled from the Media Review page of American Cowboy are keeping the tradition alive.