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The Best Musical Artists From Idaho

Updated August 19, 2019 665 votes 86 voters 5.1k 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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    Built to Spill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Built to Spill

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    Josh Ritter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Josh Ritter

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Paul Revere and The Raiders

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    Lesa Carlson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Lesa Carlson

    Electronic music, Alternative rock
    While Lesa Carlson's primary passion is music, she is also an actress, raw foods chef,... more on Wikipedia
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    Eilen Jewell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Eilen Jewell

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Shook Twins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Shook Twins

    Shook Twins is a folk music group originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and currently based in... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Doug Martsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
    Doug Martsch (born September 16, 1969) is an American singer and musician. He is best known... more on Wikipedia
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    Caustic Resin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Caustic Resin

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Dame Darcy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
    Darcy Megan Stanger (born June 19, 1971, in Caldwell, Idaho), better known by the pen name... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Treepeople is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Treepeople

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Septic Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Septic Death

    Thrashcore, Hardcore punk

    AlbumsDaymare, Crossed Out Twice, Attention, Kichigai, Live

    Septic Death was a thrashcore band fronted by artist Brian "Pushead" Schroeder on vocals.... more on Wikipedia
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    Nurses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Nurses

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Ripley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Steve Ripley

    Paul Steven Ripley (January 1, 1950 – January 3, 2019) was an American recording artist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ralf Youtz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Ralf Youtz

    Ralf Youtz (born 1972) is an American musician. Youtz was the original drummer in the Boise,... more on Wikipedia
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    Judy Lynn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Judy Lynn

    Judy Lynn Kelly (April 16, 1936 – May 26, 2010), who performed as Judy Lynn and was born Judy... more on Wikipedia
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    Gary Peacock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Gary Peacock

    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop

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

    Gary Peacock (born May 12, 1935) is an American jazz double-bassist.
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    Kevin Sharp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Kevin Sharp

  • 18
    Providence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Providence

    Rock music

    AlbumsEver Sense the Dawn

    Providence was a six-piece music group originally from Boise, Idaho, but later based out of... more on Wikipedia
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    Kerry Christensen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Kerry Christensen

    Kerry Christensen is an American yodeler (born October 6, 1954, in Grace, Idaho). He yodels... more on Wikipedia
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    Benjamin Clapp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Benjamin Clapp

    Benjamin Clapp (born October 13, 1977) is an American musician from Boise, Idaho. He has... more on Wikipedia
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    Cary Judd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Cary Judd

    Cary Dirk Judd (born March 4, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. He has... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ongoing Concept is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    The Ongoing Concept

    Christian metal

    AlbumsSaloon

    The Ongoing Concept is a Christian metal band from Rathdrum, Idaho formed by three brothers... more on Wikipedia
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    Rosalie Sorrels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Rosalie Sorrels

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Christian Richard Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Christian Richard Jacobs

    Pop punk, Synthpop
    Christian Richards Jacobs (born January 11, 1972) is an American musician, television... more on Wikipedia
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    Jason Kardong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Idaho
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    Jason Kardong

    Alternative country, Indie rock
    Jason Kardong is a pedal steel player based out of Seattle, Washington and is the Pedal Steel... more on Wikipedia
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