Country western songs are some of the most fun to play on acoustic guitar. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to find country songs that are perfect for the acoustic, rather than an electric guitar.
To make things easier, I put all my favorite country songs to play on the acoustic guitar here in this list for you. I also included links to the full chord and tab charts, so you can immediately start learning these country songs on your acoustic guitar.
One final note before we get started: don’t forget to tune your guitar! These songs won’t sound right if your guitar is out of tune… So use my free online guitar tuner to make sure your guitar is in tune before you start learning these songs. Tune up here.
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Do You Need an Acoustic Guitar to Play These 25 Country Songs?
Before we get started, I want to answer a common question about the following songs. Can you learn these songs if you have an electric or classical guitar, instead of an acoustic? The answer is yes. While the songs themselves feature an acoustic guitar, you can play the tabs and chords for each song on an electric or classical guitar.
However, if you want to sound most like the original song, it’s probably best to play the song on an acoustic guitar. If you’re new to the guitar, or are an electric guitarist looking to transition to acoustic, then I recommend checking out my 10 favorite acoustic guitars for beginners on a budget.
Or if you want a resource-packed acoustic guitar buyer’s guide, where I walk you through every step of the process, from deciding what kind of wood you want, what the best guitar strings are, and how to maintain your guitar for years to come, you might want to grab my ultimate acoustic buyer’s guide (now available on Amazon).
But now that we’ve got the guitar details figured out, let’s jump into these 25 Best Country Songs for Acoustic Guitar.
- Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings – Chords
- Jolene – Dolly Parton– Chords
- I’ve got a tiger by the tail – Buck Owens – Chords
- El Paso – Marty Robbins – Chords
- I walk the line – Johnny Cash – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- I’m so lonesome I could cry – Hank Williams – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- He stopped loving her today – George Jones – Chords
- Mama tried – Merle Haggard – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell – Chords
- Together again – Buck Owens – Chords
- Blue moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe – Chords
- Can the circle be unbroken – The Carter family – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Blue eyes crying in the rain – Willie Nelson – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell – Chords
- Ring of fire – Johnny Cash – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Always on my mind – Willie Nelson – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Long Black Veil – Lefty Frizzell – Chords
- Go Rest High On That Mountain – Vince Gill – Chords
- The Race is On – George Jones – Chords
- Love Story – Taylor Swift – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Your cheating heart – Hank Williams – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- The Gambler – Kenny Rogers – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
- Amarillo by Morning – George Strait – Chords – Full Tabs on Amazon
Need More Help Learning These Country Songs?
If you’re still looking for more free guitar lesson resources, I’d recommend subscribing to some of the awesome acoustic guitar YouTube channels out there. The only trouble is – it can be hard to find the right channels, and to know who’s really putting out good information.
That’s why I wrote up a whole guide post on my 8 favorite YouTube channels for learning acoustic guitar.
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