Country music first originated from a mixture of folk music and blues, back in the 1920s, but didn’t gain serious popularity until the 1940s. Since then, it has become one of the biggest genres of music in America, and perhaps even the world. Over the decades, we have seen some of the most talented country musicians grace the Billboard charts, from Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.
More recently, we have seen new stars take the limelight, such as Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton. However, before they hit the charts, they were hitting the books. Here are some old high school photos of some of your favorite country singers.