Many country music icons have guest starred on The Simpsons, one of the American television’s longest-running shows.
The Simpsons started as a 60-second, animated bumper for The Tracy Ulman Show. The shorts were then expanded into 30-minute episodes, with the first airing in 1989. Since its inception, the show has had a huge cast of guest stars. Some of our favorite country stars are forever embedded in the show’s history.
8. Beverly D’Angelo, 2007
Beverly D’Angelo isn’t technically a country music star, but she does have country music credentials. She played Patsy Cline in The Coal Miner’s Daughter and performed on the soundtrack. She earned a Country Music Association award for album of the year. In The Simpsons, she played singer Lurleen Lumpkin, whom Homer managed for a short while.
7. Alison Krauss, 2011
The Simpsons theme song is well known and loved. Bands such as Yo La Tengo and Sigur Ros have covered the tune, and the group Canvas recorded a highly popular a cappella version. To commemorate the 500th episode, Alison Krauss and Union Station had the honor of playing the iconic theme.
6. Jackson Browne, 2003
The episode “Brake My Wife, Please,” featured two guest stars: actor Steve Buscemi and Jackson Browne, who appeared as himself and sang a song about walking.
5. Dixie Chicks, 2008
The Dixie Chicks first appeared on The Simpsons in the 2004 episode “Bart-Mangled Banner”. Following their outspoken criticism of Bush, the band appeared in an episode where they were locked up in “Ronald Reagan Reeducation Center” with Elmo and Michael Moore. In 2008, they returned to the show, starring in the episode “Papa Don’t Leech,” with Lurleen Lumpkin and later ended up touring with her.
4. Willie Nelson, 2000
Willie Nelson had a house in Springfield, which included a special combing machine for his hair. In the episode, Nelson performed at the “Phony Awards” to reconcile with the Simpsons. Krusty the Clown later turned Nelson’s house into Clown College, with a sign letting all of Springfield know it was “Formerly Willie Nelson’s house”.
3. Johnny Cash, 1996
Homer met his spirit guide on the top of a mountain during a chili-induced hallucination. “Wolfy”, voiced by Johnny Cash, told Homer to find his soulmate. Throughout the episode, Homer hears Cash’s voice telling him to find his soulmate.
2. Hank Williams, Jr., 1997
Here’s another country star who didn’t appear on the screen but left his musical mark. In the episode “The Last Temptation of Krust,” Hank Williams, Jr. sang the theme song for a huge SUV named Canyonero. “Can you name the truck with four-wheel drive / Smells like a steak and seats thirty-five / Canyonero, Canyonero,” sings Williams with whips cracking the background.
1. Dolly Parton, 1998
Who do you call when you’re in a Super Bowl jail? Well, if you know travel agent, Wally Kogen, then Dolly Parton will come to your rescue. She’ll blow the lock up with her own brand of makeup remover while stealing the heart of Krusty the Klown.