Country music stars are no strangers to the Saturday Night Live stage. These acting and musical performances are our favorites in the show’s 40-year history.
10. Blake Shelton, 2015
There hadn’t been a country artist appearance on Saturday Night Live since 2009 until Blake Shelton took the stage. Not only was he a guest for the skits, but he pulled double duty as the musical guest. He gave his best Alan Jackson impersonation and ‘starred’ in “Celebrity Family Feud”.
Who knew he could be so funny?
9. Taylor Swift, 2009
Taylor Swift was the first person in SNL to write and perform her own monologue to open the show. Her monologue tackled a break-up with Joe Jonas and her infamous run-in with Kanye West.
Swift showed off her acting abilities by impersonating Kate Gosselin of “The View”, and playing the part of a potential inmate for the “Scared Straight” program, and earned double-duty as the episode’s musical guest.
8. Lucinda Williams, 1998
Here’s our first artist on the list who only appeared as a musical guest. The year she released her Grammy-winning album, “Car Wheel on a Gravel Road”, she was launched head-first into the mainstream. With this newfound exposure, Williams toured with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Allman Brothers.
That same year she appeared on SNL with Bill Murray as the host.
7. Dixie Chicks, 2003
In 2003, the Dixie Chicks went into a tailspin.
The Texas trio had expressed disappointment with President Bush while at their opening show for their Top of the World in England. Controversy followed but not enough to keep them from appearing on SNL.
They were a part of “Jarret’s Room” and performed during that same episode.
6. Johnny Cash, 1982
The Man in Black is the only country music star who didn’t perform as a musical guest on SNL. In the skit “Showmanship and Flash,” he was wearing a costume that resembled something the musical guest that episode, Elton John, would wear.
In another skit, “Last Request”, he wore his standard black get-up while he guest starred with Eddie Murphy.
5. Keith Urban, 2007
Keith Urban has had a successful 14 years and counting career span. February of 2007 was an eventful time for Urban. He sued a painter with the same name over rights to the URL ‘keithurban.com’. Keith may have won music awards and a spot on SNL that same year, but he did not win the URL. Kind of bad for business, huh?
4. Tim McGraw, 2008
It seems Tim McGraw’s acting gigs led him up to his appearance on SNL. His first acting job was in 1997 on the Jeff Foxworthy Show. In between 1997 and 2008 were both major and minor roles. McGraw was the host as well the musical guest.
3. Dwight Yoakam, 1994
By 1994, Yoakam’s musical career began to fizzle out. Before it did, he got a chance to perform his single “Pocket of a Clown” as well as “Fast as You”.
2. Carrie Underwood, 2007
As we all know, Carrie Underwood got her career kick-started by winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Yeah, it’s been that long ago.
Two years after she appeared on SNL for the first time performing “Before He Cheats” and “Wasted”. Underwood is the second American Idol winner to perform on SNL.
1. Dolly Parton, 1989
Dolly Parton began her career as a child performer. She issued several hit singles and made film appearances. When she performed on SNL, they went after her next set of assets: “Planet of Enormous Hooters”.
For her performance, she wore a weird, silver costume and a tiny electric guitar.