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The Best Musical Artists From Alaska

Updated April 11, 2019 730 votes 135 voters 10.8k views36 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Alaska or bands formed in Alaska.

Here are the best artists and bands from Alaska. There may not be a ton of bands and singers coming out of Alaska. However, what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Alaskan music incorporates numerous traditions and cultures. Residents of the state flock to the Alaska Folk Festival every year in Juneau. Other well-attended festivals in the area include Athabascan Old-Time Fiddling Festival, Anchorage Folk Festival, and Fairbanks Folk Festival. Bands from the continental United States visit Alaska to partake in these festivals as well as the most famous musical artists from Alaska. 

This is probably the point where a lot of people reading are asking themselves, "Which musical artists are from Alaska?" Any fans of bluegrass will have heard of Bearfoot, which are predominantly known for their work Fishtrap Joe. This epic work details the struggles between the local Alaskan fisherman and Seattle-based fish empires. Other popular Alaska artists include Jewel, Portugal the Man, Marian Call, Artis the Spoonman, and Hilary Weeks. 

If you have listened to any of these Alaskan musical artists, then you should vote on this list. Let everyone know how Alaska has contributed to the music industry by ensuring your favorite band or singer makes it to the top of the list. 

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    Portugal. The Man

    Garage rock, Rock music
    Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley,...  more

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    Jewel

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    Jewel Kilcher (born May 23, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, producer,...  more

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    36 Crazyfists

    Nu metal, Groove metal
    36 Crazyfists is a four-piece Alaskan band originally based in Anchorage and later based in...  more
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    Starship Amazing

    Synthpop
    Starship Amazing are a synthpop duo consisting of Derek Alexander and Maya Hansen from...  more
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    John Gourley

    John Baldwin Gourley (born June 12, 1981) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter from...  more
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    Anna Graceman

    Folk music, Pop rock
    Anna Graceman is a young American singer-songwriter and pianist whose self-penned songs and...  more
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    Bearfoot

    Americana, Folk music
    Bearfoot is a post-bluegrass band that started in Alaska in 1999 as Bearfoot Bluegrass. The...  more
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    The Redhead Express is an American country music band consisting of four sisters: Kendra (lead...  more
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    John Luther Adams (born January 23, 1953) is an American composer whose music is inspired by...  more
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    Marcus Shelby is a teacher, composer, arranger and bassist....  more
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    Pamyua

    Yupik musical group
    Pamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska....  more
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    Olga Bell

    Olga Bell (born Olga Balashova, Russian: Ольга Балашова, 3 October 1983) is an American...  more
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    Artis the Spoonman

    Rock music, Pop rock
    Artis the Spoonman (born October 3, 1948) is an American street performer and musician from...  more
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    No-Fi Soul Rebellion

    Rock, Pop
    No-Fi Soul Rebellion is an American musical group formed in Alaska in 2001. The band was...  more
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    Mythological Horses is an alternative rock band from Seattle Washington. The band consists of...  more
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    Rick Holmstrom

    Electric blues, Rhythm and blues
    Rick Holmstrom is an American electric blues and rhythm and blues guitarist, singer and...  more
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    Kate Earl

    Pop music, Soul music
    Kate Earl (born Kate Smithson) is an American singer-songwriter based out of London....  more
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    Kelly Moneymaker

    Kelly Susan Moneymaker (born June 4, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, and...  more
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    Marian Call

    Folk music
    Marian Call (born February 24, 1982 in Gig Harbor, Washington) is an American...  more
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    Lincoln Brewster

    Christian music, Contemporary worship music
    Lincoln Brewster (born July 30, 1971) is an American contemporary Christian musician and...  more

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    Alan Robert Paul (born September 7, 1966) is an American journalist, author, musician, and...  more
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    Janet Gardner

    Glam metal, Pop rock
    Janet Gardner is an American rock singer....  more
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    Vivica Genaux

    Vivica Genaux (pronounced [vi.vi.ka ʒe.no]; born July 10, 1969) is an American coloratura...  more
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    Nathan Luke West (born September 29, 1978), is an American actor, musician, and singer....  more
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    Hilary Weeks

    Hilary Weeks (née, Novakovich; born March 7, 1970) is an American Christian musician and...  more