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.
12Garage rock, Rock music
Albums: In the Mountain in the Cloud, Church Mouth, Waiter: "You Vultures!", Evil Friends, Censored ColorsPortugal. The Man is an American rock band from Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley,... more
12Adult contemporary music, Pop music
Albums: Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit, 0304, This WayJewel Kilcher (born May 23, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, producer,... more
8Nu metal, Groove metal
Albums: Rest Inside the Flames, The Tide and Its Takers, Underneath a Northern Sky, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance36 Crazyfists is a four-piece Alaskan band originally based in Anchorage and later based in... more
- 4The Redhead Express is an American country music band consisting of four sisters: Kendra (lead... more
- 5John Baldwin Gourley (born June 12, 1981) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter from... more
Albums: Ultra-Modern Rhythms, The Power of Science Is Staggering, An Apocalypse In Binary: The Memoirs of Gearhart Deckrion, Bonk (You Got Bonked) // Wrong Way, The Robot TrilogyStarship Amazing are a synthpop duo consisting of Derek Alexander and Maya Hansen from... more
5Folk music, Pop rock
Albums: Anna Graceman, ShowtimeAnna Graceman is a young American singer-songwriter and pianist whose self-penned songs and... more
BearfootAmericana, Folk music
Albums: Doors and Windows, American Story, Back Home, Follow Me, Only Time KnowsBearfoot is a post-bluegrass band that started in Alaska in 1999 as Bearfoot Bluegrass. The... more
- 9Kelly Susan Moneymaker (born June 4, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, and... more
Albums: Port Chicago, SophisticateMarcus Shelby is a teacher, composer, arranger and bassist.
- 11Olga Bell (born Olga Balashova, Russian: Ольга Балашова, 3 October 1983) is an American... more
1Rock music, Pop rock
Albums: ...Entertain the Entertainers, A Livin' SpoonfulArtis the Spoonman (born October 3, 1948) is an American street performer and musician from... more
- 13John Luther Adams (born January 23, 1953) is an American composer whose music is inspired by... more
No-Fi Soul RebellionRock, Pop
Albums: Lambs To The Slaughter EP, Oh Please Please Please, Terrible MusclesNo-Fi Soul Rebellion is an American musical group formed in Alaska in 2001. The band was... more
- 15Mythological Horses is an alternative rock band from Seattle Washington. The band consists of... more
Rick HolmstromElectric blues, Rhythm and blues
Albums: Hydraulic GrooveRick Holmstrom is an American electric blues and rhythm and blues guitarist, singer and... more
- 17Nathan Luke West (born September 29, 1978), is an American actor, musician, and singer.
PamyuaYupik musical group
Albums: Side A / Side B, Ocean Prayer, mengluni, Verses-ApallutPamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska.
- 19Vivica Genaux (pronounced [vi.vi.ka ʒe.no]; born July 10, 1969) is an American coloratura... more
5Pop music, Soul music
Albums: Stronger, Fate Is the Hunter, Kate Earl, Where Are You, Live at the EpicentreKate Earl (born Kate Smithson) is an American singer-songwriter based out of London.
- 21Hilary Weeks (née, Novakovich; born March 7, 1970) is an American Christian musician and... more
- 22Jason Mark Everman (born October 16, 1967) is an American musician and soldier who played... more
1Rock music, Grunge
Libby RoderickFolk music
Albums: How Could AnyoneLibby Roderick (born 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, recording artist, poet,... more
- 24Alan Robert Paul (born September 7, 1966) is an American journalist, author, musician, and... more
- 25Dr. Matthew Burtner (born 1970, Naknek, Alaska) is a contemporary American composer. Taking... more