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7 Country Stars Who Changed Names Mid-Career

Billy Ray Cyrus is changing his name, but he’s not the first to do it. Several solo artists and quite a few country groups have rebranded, if you want to call it that.

Some tweaked, some chopped and some invented an entirely new persona. These seven artists all felt like something wasn’t working, or maybe perhaps were legally pressured to change for trademark reasons as tends to happen when you start becoming rich and famous.

Randy Travis, the Cadillac Three and LoCash started as something different. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band switched mid-career but switched back. We only chose artists who recorded under one name professionally — amateur demos and dirty honky-tonk gigs don’t count. But dozens do use a stage name; check out the list below to see who and what those names are.

Of course, this list was inspired by Cyrus becoming Cyrus. That’s it, he’s dropping Billy Ray officially as of Aug. 25. The new one-name moniker puts him in rare company in country music. Even Reba uses her last name on occasion. Garth doesn’t just put “Garth” on CD jackets. Cam does … in fact she may be the only true one-named artist in the genre (her maiden name was Ochs by the way, but she’s since married.)

Can you think of someone else? We like comments in the space below.

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