Photo Throwback: Country Music on SNL

Timeline Spotlights Country Artists Appearing on Saturday Night Live

Blake Shelton will appear as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live (Jan. 24), marking his first attempt at either gig.

These are rare roles among country artists, judging from the relatively few appearances of the genre’s stars over the show’s 40 years. The stars that do appear are big ones, and some of them have appeared more than once.

Take a look at the country artists who have graced the stage of SNL, beginning in 1976.

1976 – Anne Murray

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Canadian country-pop crooner Anne Murray performs as SNL’s musical guest on Jan. 10, 1976.

1976 – Kris Kristofferson

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Kris Kristofferson hosted the show and appears with Jane Curtin in the “Gynecologist Blind Date” skit on July 31, 1976.

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Kris Kristofferson performs “I’ve Got a Life of My Own” on the set of Saturday Night Live on July 31, 1976.

1977 – Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson performs “Something to Brag About” with Mary Kay Price on Dec. 10, 1977.

1980 – Anne Murray

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A restyled Anne Murray returned to perform as SNL’s musical guest on April 12, 1980.

1982 – Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash doesn’t seem quite himself in a skit titled “Showmanship and Flash” on April 17, 1982.

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With a guitar slung over his shoulder, Johnny Cash (right) appears alongside Joe Piscopo (left), Eddie Murphy and Brian Doyle-Murray in the skit “Last Request” on April 17, 1982.

1982 – Charlie Daniels Band

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Charlie Daniels Band appeared on SNL as musical guest in April 4, 1982.

1986 – Rosanne Cash

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Rosanne Cash sings on the SNL set on March 15, 1986.

1987 – Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson delivers the opening monologue as host of Saturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.

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Willie Nelson (center) appears in the “Church Chat” skit with Danny DeVito, Nora Dunn and Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 21, 1987.

1988 – Randy Travis

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Randy Travis (left) and host Tom Hanks pose for an SNL promotional photo on Feb. 17, 1988.

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Randy Travis performs on Saturday Night Live as musical guest on Feb. 20, 1988.

1989 – Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton is outsized in the skit “Planet of the Enormous Hooters,” alongside Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson and Nora Dunn on April 15, 1989.

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Dolly Parton sports a cosmic costume during a performance on Saturday Night Live on April 15, 1989.

1989 – k.d. lang

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k.d. lang performs as musical guest in 1989, the same year she won her first Grammy award in a country category.

1992 – Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks made his debut on SNL as a musical guest on March 14, 1992. He performed “Rodeo” and “The River.”

1994 – Dwight Yoakam

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Dwight Yoakam performed “Pocket of a Clown” and “Fast as You” during his performances on April 9, 1994.

1999 – Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks returned to host SNL on Nov. 13, 1999. Alter ego Chris Gaines performed. Here, he is joined by Chris Kattan as “Mango” in the opening monologue.

2002 – Faith Hill

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Faith Hill (right) performed her hits “Cry” and “Free” and also appeared in the skit “No Wrestling” with host Sarah Michelle Gellar and show creator Lorne Michael on Oct. 12, 2002.

2003 – The Dixie Chicks

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The Dixie Chicks were the musical guest but are seen here in the skit “Jarret’s Room” with host Matthew McConaughey on Feb. 8, 2003.

2007 – Keith Urban

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Keith Urban performs on the set of Saturday Night Live on Feb. 10, 2007.

2007 – Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood and SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis joined host Peyton Manning during a promo shoot on March 22, 2007.

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Filling the musical guest slot, Carrie Underwood performs “Before He Cheats” on March 24, 2007.

2008 – Tim McGraw

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Host Tim McGraw appears in a skit with Kristen Wiig on Nov. 22, 2008.

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Tim McGraw performs on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 22, 2008.

2009 – Taylor Swift

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Acting as host and musical guest, Taylor Swift takes the SNL stage to present her opening monologue on Nov. 7, 2009.

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Taylor Swift appears in a skit with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader on Nov. 7, 2009.

2013 – The Lumineers

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The Lumineers perform on SNL on Jan 19, 2013.

2015 – Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton and SNL cast member Cecily Strong record a show promo on Jan. 20, 2015.

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Blake Shelton and Cecily Strong rehearse lines on the SNL set on Jan. 20, 2015.

Brian Tipton joined CMT in 2005, after cutting his teeth on Music Row.