The acoustic guitar is the basis of many country and western songs and here are the 10 best acoustic country songs.
- "The Road Goes on Forever" by Robert Earl Keen. The legendary singer-songwriter, Robert Earl Keen, tells the tale of a modern day bonnie and clyde with such vivid imagery you can practically see that brand new Mercedes-Benz as it pulls onto Main Street. As Keen strums along and the song's momentum builds you can not help but feel you are listening to one of the best acoustic country songs.
- "Private Malone" by David Ball. In the midst of the September 11th terror attacks the rally-around-flag syndrome led to a plethora of patriotic songs releases, particularly in the country music genre. This track, however, tells the story of a barn-find Corvette and the soldier who left it behind so eloquently that it is one of the best acoustic country songs of all-time.
- "A Song for Amy" by Jack Ingram. A man and his acoustic guitar are a surefire way to get to any woman's heart. It should come as no surprise that when Jack Ingram wears his heart on his sleeve as he performs this track that he crafts one of the best acoustic country songs.
- "Trains I've Missed" by Walt Wilkins. A song with the basic contention that everything happens for a reason and that we all have a certain destiny would normally lead to a cliche-riddled track. However, Walt Wilkins is one of the most revered songwriters of his time and his brilliant lyrical skills shine on this track.
- "Dancehall Dreamer" by Pat Green. Pat Green is best known for his party-anthem brand of frat-country. This Texas-based singer-songwriter, however, can deliver an emotion filled tune with the best of them as he shows on this coming of age tale of regret and redemption. The guitar only accentuates the lyrical content and results in one of the best acoustic country songs.
- "In Color" by Jamey Johnson. This well-written track uses the distinction between black and white picture and seeing real life in color to drive to evoke strong emotional feelings from the listener.
- "Front Porch Song" by Robert Earl Keen. You can practically see the "screen without a picture since Giant came to town" as Robert Earl Keen delivers some of the most poignant lyrics in any country song. His rabid fan base considers this one of his best works and it comes as no surprise as this is one of the best acoustic country songs ever recorded.
- "If I Had a Boat" by Lyle Lovett. Mass commercial success may have eluded Lyle Lovett, but the ability to write a beautiful yet simple song certainly did not.
- "My Hometown" by Charlie Robison. This is one of the most popular songs on the Texas country music circuit due to the easily relatable lyrics and solid delivery from Charlie Robison. You can practically feel everything going on in this track as he rolls through his nostalgia-filled trip.
- "Nothing Left to Hide" by Cory Morrow. The acoustic guitar lends itself well to a song where a man faces his demons with stoic pride and that is exactly what happens in this Cory Morrow track.