When you think '90s country music, names like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood come to mind almost immediately. Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, too. That era, often characterized by both neo-traditional music and arena-sized pop-country, was crucial in the genre's evolution: moving from countrypolitan to roots-based tunes. Of course, pop melted into the format unlike ever before, but it never seemed to be too saccharine or frivolous. The core of storytelling was always prominent.
But what about the music-makers who rarely get enough credit? Well, we've picked our 10 favorites, the ones most overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Check out our selections below.