There’s a lot to be proud of when you’re a West Virginian—including these 12 legendary musicians who were born here.

1. Michael W. Smith

Christian singers Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith on tour. (Wikipedia/Ruth Daniel  CC 2.0)

Christian singers Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith on tour. (Wikipedia/Ruth Daniel CC 2.0)

This contemporary Christian singer—who has sold more than 18 million albums—was born in Wheeling in 1957.

2. Brad Paisley

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Born in Glen Dale along the Ohio River in 1972 and is a graduate of John Marshall High School.

3. Hazel Dickens

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The bluegrass singer, best known for her folk songs promoting coal miner’s rights, was born in Mercer County in 1935. She passed away in 2011.

4. Johnnie Johnson

This blues pianist from Fairmont is perhaps best known for his work with Chuck Berry and the inspiration for the hit, “Johnnie B. Goode.”

5. Little Jimmy Dickens

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Only 4’11” tall, this country musicians was born in Bolt, West Virginia in 1920.

6. Jack Rollins

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You may not know Rollins, but this Keyser native born in 1906 co-wrote two classic songs you know: “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” and “Frosty The Snowman.”

7. Kathy Mattea

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The country music superstar was born in South Charleston in 1959.

8. John Ellison

John Ellison in 2010. (Wikipedia/Skot Nelson CC 3.0)

John Ellison in 2010. (Wikipedia/Skot Nelson CC 3.0)

The award-winning musician, perhaps best known for writing “Some Kind of Wonderful,” was born in 1941 and raised in a small coal mining town in McDowell County.

9. Hasil Adkins

Hasil Adkins performing at the Roots Cafe in Baltimore in 2003. (Wikipedia/Mark J. CC 2.0)

Hasil Adkins performing at the Roots Cafe in Baltimore in 2003. (Wikipedia/Mark J. CC 2.0)

This rockabilly pioneer was born during the Depression in Boone County and died there in 2005.

10. John Corbett

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Perhaps best known as an actor for his roles in “Sex in the City” and “Northern Exposure,” this Wheeling native has released two country music albums.

11. Bill Withers

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This iconic American musician and songwriter was born in Slab Fork outside of Beckley in 1938.

12. Billy Cox

Billy Cox (Wikipedia/Koongo940  CC 3.0)

Billy Cox (Wikipedia/Koongo940 CC 3.0)

The legendary bassist who played for Jimi Hendrix was born in Wheeling in 1941.

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