Here are the best artists and bands from Kansas. Often regarded as the heartland of America, it is easy to see why so many homegrown country and blues artists got their start in the state. Kansas has a vibrant music scene, including the Country Stampede Music Festival, which is one of the biggest festivals in the entire country. It is also home to the Walnut Valley Festival where people from all over the United States gather to enjoy some of the finest bluegrass groups playing today. They get to see some of the best musical artists from Kansas and around the Midwest.
Country acts, like Martina McBride, define the area so well. However, there are still plenty of rock acts that have come out of the area. The band Kansas naturally got their start in the Sunflower State, along with bands, like The Midnight Ghost Train, Youngblood Supercult, and Split Lip Rayfield. Other popular Kansas artists include Janelle Monaé, Jennifer Knapp, Banshee, and Melissa Etheridge.
Are any of these acts your favorite? Perhaps you will find something you jam out to all the time in the list below. Either way, make sure you vote for your favorites so that everyone knows who the most famous Kansas musical artists are.
Albums: White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am, Martina, Evolution, + more
Albums: "But Seriously, Folks...", The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get / You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind, Rocky Mountain Way, + more
Albums: Melissa Etheridge, Brave and Crazy, I'm the Only One, Lucky, Brother Bear 2, + more
Albums: The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, The Audition, + more
Albums: In the Mud, Split Lip Rayfield, Should Have Seen It Coming, Never Make It Home, I'll Be Around, + more
Albums: Eden's Island
Albums: Subverter, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, A Reason to Breathe, Live at CBGB's NYC
Albums: Mare Vitalis, The End of the Ring Wars, Lost Songs, Two Conversations, Peregrine, + more
Albums: Colbran, the Muse, Drama Queens, Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato
Albums: The Midnight Ghost Train, Buffalo
Albums: Portrait, Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948, Bluebird, Jazz at Massey Hall, + more
Albums: Midwest Shuffle, Love Remains, Soulful Serendipity, Advance, Portrait of a Player, + more
Albums: Worse for the Wear, Killed or Cured, Para Toda Vida, At the Foot of My Rival, Story Like a Scar, + more
Albums: This Will Be Laughing Week, Open Up and Say Awesome, Electric Kissing Parties, Before We Spark
Albums: Origin, Antithesis, A Coming into Existence, Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas, Echoes of Decimation, + more
Albums: Are You Building a Temple in Heaven?, Downed: A Singles Collection, Crumble, Rat Tat Tat, Our Heads, + more
Albums: Coleman Hawkins in the 50's - Body and Soul Revisited, Wrapped Tight, Desafinado, Today and Now, Saxes Inc. / Trombone Scene, + more
Albums: This Perfect World, Can You Fly, Never Home, My Favorite Waste of Time, The Trouble Tree, + more
Albums: City of Glass, Cuban Fire!, Standards in Silhouette, A Merry Christmas!, Stan Kenton Plays Chicago, + more