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The Best Musical Artists From Idaho

Updated August 19, 2019 861 votes 129 voters 9.3k views40 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Indie rock

    AlbumsPerfect From Now On, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Ancient Melodies of the Future, Keep It Like a Secret, You in Reverse

    Built to Spill is an American indie rock band based in Boise, Idaho. The band has released eight full-length albums. Their most recent, Untethered Moon, was released on April 21, 2015....  more

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    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsSomething Happening, '63 -'67: The Essential Ride, Revolution!, Midnight Ride, The Spirit of '67

    Paul Revere (; December 21, 1734 O.S. (January 1, 1735 N.S.) – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and Patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for...  more

    #239 of 376 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#217 of 251 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands#84 of 213 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Rock music, Folk music

    AlbumsThe Animal Years, The Beast In Its Tracks, Hello Starling, Golden Age of Radio, Josh Ritter

    Josh Ritter (born October 21, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and author who performs and records with the Royal City Band. Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style and...  more
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    Shook Twins is a folk music group originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and currently based in Portland, Oregon, formed in 2004. The nucleus of the band consists of identical twin sisters Katelyn (guitar,...  more
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    Americana, Rockabilly

    AlbumsQueen of the Minor Key, Letters From Sinners and Strangers, Boundary County, Sea of Tears, Butcher Holler: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn

    Eilen Jewell (born April 6, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. She has released seven albums of music....  more
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    Electronic music, Alternative rock
    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 of...  more
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    Indie rock

    AlbumsFly Me to the Moon, The Afterbirth, The Medicine Is All Gone, Body Love Body Hate, Trick Question

    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, Jr....  more
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    Doug Martsch (born September 16, 1969) is an American singer and musician. He is best known for his distinctive vocals and guitar playing style in the band Built to Spill....  more
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    Darcy Megan Stanger (born June 19, 1971, in Caldwell, Idaho), better known by the pen name Dame Darcy is an alternative cartoonist, fine artist, musician, cabaret performer, and animator/filmmaker....  more
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    Judy Lynn Kelly (April 16, 1936 – May 26, 2010), 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....  more
  • 12
    Rock music

    AlbumsEver Sense the Dawn

    Providence was a six-piece music group originally from Boise, Idaho, but later based out of Portland, Oregon, USA, circa 1971—1974. The band was made up of six members: Bob Barriatua, electric bass,...  more
  • 13
    Thrashcore, Hardcore punk

    AlbumsDaymare, Crossed Out Twice, Attention, Kichigai, Live

    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, Infest,...  more
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    Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

    AlbumsHangin' Nothin' but Our Hands Down, Apple's Acre

    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 quartet...  more
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    Folk music

    AlbumsBe Careful, There's a Baby in the House, What Does It Mean to Love, No Closing Chord: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds, Borderline Heart

    Rosalie Sorrels (June 24, 1933 – June 11, 2017) was an American folk singer-songwriter. She began her public career as a singer and collector of traditional folksongs in the late 1950s. During the...  more
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    Paul Steven Ripley (January 1, 1950 – January 3, 2019) was an American recording artist, record producer, songwriter, studio engineer, guitarist, and inventor. He entered the music industry in 1977....  more
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    Ralf Youtz (born 1972) 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...  more
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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop

    AlbumsTokyo '96, Mindset, Azure, Japan Suite, Amaryllis

    Gary Peacock (born May 12, 1935) is an American jazz double-bassist....  more
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    Norma Zimmer (July 13, 1923 – May 10, 2011) was an American vocalist, best remembered for her 22-year tenure as Lawrence Welk's "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show....  more
  • 20
    Grunge, Alternative rock

    AlbumsGuilt Regret Embarrassment, No Mouth Pipetting, Just Kidding, Actual Re-Enactment, Something Vicious for Tomorrow / Time Whore

    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 Flower,...  more
  • 21
    Pop punk, Synthpop
    Christian Richards Jacobs (born January 11, 1972) is an American musician, television producer, voice actor and former child actor. He is perhaps most recognized as the co-creator of the...  more
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    Adult contemporary music, Jazz

    AlbumsLost in Dreams, Curtis Stigers, I Think It's Going to Rain Today, Time Was, Baby Plays Around

    Curtis Stigers (born October 18, 1965) is an American jazz singer. He achieved a number of hits in the early 1990s, most notably the international hit "I Wonder Why" (1991), which reached No. 5 in...  more
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    Jazz, Blues
    Lena Corinne "Lee" Morse (née Taylor; November 30, 1897 – December 16, 1954) was an American jazz and blues singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, and actress. Morse's greatest popularity was in the...  more
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    Alexander Turnquist is an American guitarist and composer. He has released original albums on the VHF record label as well as limited released titles on the Kning Disk imprint and Textura record...  more
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    Sun Blood Stories is a band based in Boise, Idaho, founded in 2011, which is known for its mesmerizing live performances and experimentalism which encompasses high-desert shoegaze moodiness,...  more
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