The Top 10 Couples In Country Music History

As a tribute to the new album released today by country music husband and wife duo, Thompson Square, here’s a look at some of Nashville’s favorite couples, past and present…

10) Thompson Square
Husband and wife Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson first met when they both entered the same Nashville singing contest. The two claim it was love at first sight, and they don’t like to be apart. “A lot of couples can’t be together 24 hours a day—but for us it doesn’t work unless it’s like that,” Kiefer has said. From their latest album, here is “If I Didn’t Have You”…

9) Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
In 1947, Roy Rogers married co-star Dale Evans at the Flying L Ranch in Murray County, Oklahoma. A little trivia: Roy was late for the ceremony because he was detained putting out a fire started by a cigarette butt in another room.

8) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
In 1996, Tim McGraw married Faith Hill in Rayville, Louisiana. Their relationship began earlier that year, on tour.

7) Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White
In 1981, Ricky Skaggs married Sharon White, the lead singer for the family bluegrass group The Whites.

6) Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
In 2005, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma. Garth’s public proposal on one knee remains one of the most enduring images of country music courtship.

5) Jessi Colter Waylon Jennings
In 1969, after both contributing to country music’s first platinum album, Wanted: The Outlaws, Jessi Colter married Waylon Jennings in Mesa, Arizona.

4) George Jones and Tammy Wynette
No, it didn’t last forever, but in 1969, one of country music’s greatest marriages took place. George Jones and Tammy Wynette said “I do” in Ringgold, Georgia (six months after they announced they’d already wed). They toured in a bus with “Mr. & Mrs. Country Music” painted on the side. As if we didn’t already know…

3) Joey + Rory
Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek are the couple that I’m guessing has one of the strongest marriages in the history of country music. If I’m wrong, then blame it on their music, because it sure sounds like it to me. Joey is the duo’s lead vocalist, while Rory sings background vocals and plays guitar. Together, they make incredibly beautiful music.

2) Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
And then there’s the current reigning couple of country music — Blake Shelton and Miranda! They were married on May 14th, 2011, with Blake in bluejeans and Miranda in her mother’s wedding dress. And both in cowboy boots, of course.

1) Johnny Cash and June Carter
Back in 1968, Johnny Cash exchanged vows with June Carter at the Methodist Church, in Franklin, Kentucky. Johnny and June celebrated their 35th anniversary before they both passed away within four months of each other.
June (speaking about Johnny): “One morning, about four o’clock, I was driving my car just about as fast as I could. I thought, ‘Why am I out on the highway this time of night?’ I was miserable, and it all came to me: ‘I’m falling in love with somebody I have no right to fall in love with…I can’t fall in love with this man, but it’s just like a ring of fire.’”
Johnny (speaking about June): “She’s the greatest woman I have ever known. Nobody else, except my mother, comes close.”

Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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