NBC’s famed show Saturday Night Live has featured various country artists over the year, such as Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs. Check out our list of country artists who have been on SNL below.
After some initial drama surrounding his invitation to perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Morgan Wallen performed his new songs and a skit with the cast earlier this month. His amazing performance of “7 Summers” and “Still Goin’ Down” prompted us to look back at the catalog of amazing country artists, who have also been featured on the prominent show.
Chris Stapleton + Sturgill Simpson
Back in 2018, one of the best vocalists in the country music genre, Chris Stapleton was invited to be a musical guest on SNL. The singer-songwriter performed both “Midnight Train to Memphis” and “Hard Livin.” As a surprise to fans, the great Sturgill Simpson joined Stapleton in his performance.
Arguably one of the most successful artists in the genre, Luke Combs was also featured on SNL. Just before the pandemic struck, Combs graced the SNL stage to help kick off Super Bowl weekend. Singing his hits, “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “Lovin’ on You,” Combs’ performance was one to remember.
It seems that Kacey Musgraves has been invited to perform on every show known to man at this point, so Saturday Night Live was just another notch on her belt. Back in 2018, the songstress performed both “High Horse” and “Slow Burn” off her critically-acclaimed record Golden Hour. The singer even partook in a skit with Amy Schumer that was not aired, but fans can check it out below.
No stranger to New York City stages, Thomas Rhett performed on SNL in May of 2019. At the time Rhett debuted two songs off his record Center Point Road, including “Look What God Gave Her” and “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time.” His performance fired up the crowd and further proved that country music deserves a spotlight in mainstream media.
Paving the way for the country artists after him in a sense, Blake Shelton performed both songs and a skit in a 2015 episode of the hit show. Between his ‘Hee Haw’ sketch (below) and his vocal performance, it is clear why Shelton continues to be a staple in the genre.
We hope in the future SNL continues to showcase more country artists on their stages, especially some more female country artists.
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