Dust off your cowboy boots, New York!

When you think of country music, I'm sure your first thought is automatically Nashville, Tennessee. And rightfully so, it is the home of country music. But would you ever think that country music and New York go hand-in-hand?

You're not alone. However, recent data suggests that New York City is one of the most popular places in America for country music and country music fans.

New York Top City for Country Music Fans

According to LawnStarter.com, New York lands at the number 2 spot on their list of the Best Cities for Country Music. They explain how they got their data writing:

We compared over 180 of the biggest cities based on eight key factors, such as the number of country music festivals, access to performance venues, and the affordability of concert tickets.


We also gauged local interest in the genre based on Google search data, the number of country music stations, and even the existence of country music museums.

Obviously, we know that the Hudson Valley has great country music stations and venues that host huge country music artists. In the summer of 2022 stars like Thomas Rhett, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker and Willie Nelson stopped by Bethel Woods and brought a little bit of Nashville to New York. In the past, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line have all made an appearance at the historic Woodstock site.

Thomas Rhett @ Bethel Woods/ JBuono
Thomas Rhett @ Bethel Woods/ JBuono

Artists like Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, and Kane Brown played ( and even sold out) Madison Square Garden.

Is there A Country Music Museum in New York?

Oddly enough, yes there is!  I had no idea about this, but apparently, there is a New York State Country Music Hall of Fame. Now it's nothing like the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, but is home to country music memorabilia like Tammy Wynette's $10,000 sequined dress and Kenny Rogers' famous white suit.

Admission is $3 per person, according I Love NY, and is located in Cortland New York in the Finger Lakes Region.

Best Cities For Country Music?

Looking for the rest of the Best Cities for Country Music Fans? Check out LawnStarter.com. For now, here's the Top 10:

1.  Nashville, Tennessee

2.  New York City, New York

3.  Salt Lake City, Utah

4.  Atlanta, Georgia

5.  Charleston, South Carolina

6.  Chicago, Illinois

7.  Austin, Texas

8.  Richmond, Virginia

9.  Eugene, Oregon

10.  Denver, Colorado

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