Country music powerhouse Lady Antebellum have only been on the scene for eight years, but this trio has managed to fill their trophy room with enough shiny accolades to make any 50-year music vet supremely jealous. The "Need You Now" hitmakers have pulled in some serious bling at the American Music Awards, the Teen Choice Awards and the Grammys -- just to name a few of the big ticket ceremonies where they've emerged victorious. Platinum plaques, crossover hits and arena-packing tours are all in a day's work for Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
Sorry Toby, but there's no way we could possibly talk about terrific country trios without celebrating the Dixie Chicks. Crossover country hitmakers rarely come as controversial or critically acclaimed as this Texan team. Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire were the belles of the Grammy ball in 2007 when they won Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year all in one go. Their lengthy career has been rich with domestic and international success, although they did ruffle a lot of Conservative feathers in the '00s with their anti-Bush remarks. The whole controversy was addressed in the critically acclaimed documentary 'Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing'.
The Band Perry
Pop-country sorcery serves as the family business for the three talented siblings that make up The Band Perry. The genetically aligned trio have been plying their trade for nearly a decade now and can boast having two hit albums (The Band Perry, Pioneer) to their name. Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry notched a sizeable crossover hit in 2010 thanks to the CMA Awards feted "If I Die Young". The song would later pop up in an episode of 'Glee' as sung by Naya Rivera.
Can you imagine what the Canadian country landscape would be like without The Wilkinsons? Of course you can't, they're woven right into the fabric of the genre in this country. Composed of dad Steve, daughter Amanda and son Tyler, the Ontarian country fixture have more than made their mark on the radio, thanks to cuts like "26 Cents", "Fly (The Angel Song)" and "Jimmy's Got A Girlfriend" in their musical arsenal. The group's assorted adventures were also profiled on a CMT series titled (what else?) The Wilkinsons. The trio is no longer active, but Amanda and Tyler have moved on to establish their own successful duo Small Town Pistols.
Boasting no shortage of firepower, Pistol Annies have been a force to be reckoned with in the '10s. Composed of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, this supremely gifted combo have had critics speaking in tongues, due in no small part to two fantastic full-lengths. Country fans will also find the name familiar thanks to their guest spot on Blake Shelton's 2013 smash "Boys 'Round Here". Blake and Miranda make a cute pairing, eh? They should consider dating sometime. What's that? Really? For how long? You'd think it would be in the tabloids or something.
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney make up the mega-selling country trio known as Rascal Flatts. For fifteen years running, this perpetually popular outfit has packed venues, scooped CMA Awards and sold albums like platinum drizzled hot cakes. The Ohio three-piece's cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway" for the Pixar flick 'Cars' has sold over 3 million copies and counting.
San Diego crossover bluegrass vendors Nickel Creek slowly but surely captivated music fans the globe over with their quality tunes and buzz-generating festival performances. The trio (Chris Thile and siblings Sara & Sean Watkins) earned a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy in 2003 for their critically gushed-over release 'This Side'. Nickel Creek split up in 2007, but have made a welcome return this year complete with a new LP titled 'A Dotted Line'.
Sisters Kassidy, Kelsi and Kristyn Osborn made some serious waves in the late '90s and most of the '00s with their output as the Utahn combo SHeDAISY. Country fans will be familiar with hits like "Little Good-Byes", "This Woman Needs" and "I Will...But", plus the group could be spotted playing events like the Orange Bowl and featured prominently on the soundtracks for 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Desperate Housewives'.
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris
Talk about a country music dream team. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris combined their considerable talents in 1987 to release an album that was a colossal success with critics and record buyers alike. 'Trio' lost out to U2's 'The Joshua Tree' for Album of the Year at the 1988 Grammys, but it did pull in the prize for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. A sequel ('Trio II') would make its way into the world 12 years later.
The recently revived trio Trick Pony have an impressive resume full of notable tunes. "Pour Me", "On A Mission" and "On A Night Like This" all stand proudly as country hits for the group. When Heidi Newfield split in the mid '00s, the group attempted to soldier on with The One alum Aubrey Collins tackling lead vocal duties. It wasn't the right fit for either party and the group would dissolve not long after. In 2014, Trick Pony (with Newfield fronting the group) reformed and the band is getting back into the swing of things.