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The Best Musical Artists From Idaho  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Idaho or bands formed in Idaho.

Here are the best artists and bands from Idaho. As the Gem State, Idaho is home to many hidden gems of talent across a wide variety of genres. Which famous Idaho artists have you listened to?

One of the most famous rock bands to come out of the state is Built to Spill. They have been in the industry since 1992, and have released numerous hit albums. Dame Darcy was born in Caldwell, Idaho. In addition to being an amazing musician, she is also a cartoonist, filmmaker, and designer of Tarot cards. These two acts represent completely different musical stylings, but they both have their audiences. Other popular Idaho artists and bands include Caustic Resin, Septic Death, Shook Twins, and Sun Blood Stories.

Vote up the best Idaho artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Idaho roots.

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Built to Spill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Indie rock
Built to Spill are an American indie rock band based in Boise, Idaho, United States. The band has released eight full-length albums, and its most recent album, Untethered Moon, will be released ...more
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Lesa Carlson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Lesa Carlson Electronic music, Alternative rock, Blues
While Lesa Carlson's primary passion is music, she is also an actress, raw foods chef, choreographer, and a former Miss Idaho in the America's Miss Pageant. Her background includes three years ...more
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Doug Martsch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Doug Martsch is an American singer and musician. He is best known for his distinctive vocals and guitar playing style in the band Built to Spill.
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Caustic Resin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Indie rock
Caustic Resin is an indie rock band from Boise, Idaho, who have released several albums for Up Records, Alias Records, and C/Z Records. The band is Brett Netson on guitar and vocals, Tom Romich, ...more
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Nurses is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop, Experimental rock
Nurses is a Portland-based indie rock trio composed of Aaron Chapman and John Bowers. Their sound is often categorized as psychedelic pop, folk rock, and experimental. Nurses started as a ...more
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Septic Death is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Septic Death Thrashcore, Hardcore punk
Septic Death was a thrashcore band fronted by artist Brian "Pushead" Schroeder on vocals. Septic Death's music became a major influence on bands like Integrity, Von, Citizens Arrest, ...more
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Dame Darcy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Dame Darcy is an alternative cartoonist. Her comic book, Meat Cake, has been published by Fantagraphics since 1993. Darcy has also released several graphic novels, Frightful Fairytales, Dame ...more
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The Ongoing Concept is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
The Ongoing Concept Christian metal
The Ongoing Concept is a Christian metal band from Rathdrum, Idaho formed by three brothers and their childhood friend in 2009. They released an independent EP in 2010 entitled What Is My ...more
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Eilen Jewell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Americana, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk
Eilen Jewell is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She has released four albums of music.
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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Paul Revere & the Raiders was an American rock band that saw considerable U.S. mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s. Among their hits were the songs ...more
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Gary Peacock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
Gary Peacock is an American jazz double-bassist.
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Judy Lynn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Judy Lynn
Judy Lynn Kelly, who performed as Judy Lynn and was born Judy Lynn Voiten, was an American country music singer and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Idaho in 1955. Lynn was born in Boise, ...more
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Treepeople is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
Treepeople was an alternative rock band from Boise, Idaho, although it spent most of its time and was officially based in Seattle, Washington. The band was composed of Pat Brown, Wayne Rhino ...more
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Kerry Christensen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Kerry Christensen
Kerry Christensen is an American yodeler. He yodels in both western and Alpine styles. He also plays the accordion, the zither and the alphorn and is very good at imitating chickens. Christensen ...more
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Benjamin Clapp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Benjamin Clapp
Benjamin Clapp is an American musician from Boise, Idaho. He has performed, composed, and recorded music with numerous artists, most notably Jim Breuer, Jesse Blaze Snider and Baptized By Fire, ...more
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Branden Steineckert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Ska, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
Branden Steineckert, is the drummer for the punk rock band Rancid. He was previously the drummer of The Used, but it was announced on September 12, 2006 that he was no longer a part of the
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Cary Judd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Cary Judd
Cary Dirk Judd is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. He has released four solo albums on the China Mountain Records label, and has written an ebook on touring for independent ...more
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Jason Kardong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Jason Kardong Alternative country, Indie rock
Jason Kardong is a pedal steel player based out of Seattle, Washington and is the Pedal Steel player for Sera Cahoone. Originally from outside of Moscow, Idaho, he grew up directly next door to ...more
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Gregg Hale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Gregg Hale Alternative rock, Post-rock, Indie rock
Gregg Hale is an American musician, producer, and recording engineer best known for playing guitar for multi-platinum British band Spiritualized, his work as an A&R Rep, and his recording ...more
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Rosalie Sorrels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Rosalie Sorrels Folk music
Rosalie Sorrels is an American folk singer-songwriter who resides in the mountains near Boise, Idaho. She began her public career as a singer and collector of traditional folksongs in the late ...more
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Ralf Youtz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Ralf Youtz
Ralf Youtz is an American musician. Youtz was the original drummer in the Boise, Idaho-based indie rock band Built to Spill. He appeared on their 1993 debut album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers. ...more
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Josh Ritter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country
Josh Ritter is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and author who performs and records with The Royal City Band. Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics. In ...more
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Ryan Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Ryan Stevenson
Ryan Stevenson is a musician.
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Steve Ripley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Steve Ripley
Steve Ripley is an American recording artist, record producer, songwriter, studio engineer, guitarist, and inventor. He has been active in the music industry since 1977. He is also the ...more
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Paul Speer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
Paul Speer
Paul Speer is a Grammy nominated guitarist, composer, and record producer. He has released several solo albums, music video albums, and collaborations with other artists such as pianist David ...more