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: Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas, The Best of Kansas, Freaks of NatureKansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented... more on Wikipedia
Albums: "But Seriously, Folks...", The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get / You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind, Rocky Mountain WayJoseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and... more on Wikipedia
Albums: White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am, Martina, EvolutionMartina Mariea McBride (née Schiff, born July 29, 1966) is an American country music... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Portrait, Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948, Bluebird, Jazz at Massey HallCharles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an... more on Wikipedia
Albums: In the Mud, Split Lip Rayfield, Should Have Seen It Coming, Never Make It Home, I'll Be AroundSplit Lip Rayfield is a vocal and acoustic instrumental group from Wichita, Kansas. Though... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, The AuditionJanelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Mare Vitalis, The End of the Ring Wars, Lost Songs, Two Conversations, PeregrineThe Appleseed Cast is an American indie rock band based in Lawrence, Kansas, composed of... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Coleman Hawkins in the 50's - Body and Soul Revisited, Wrapped Tight, Desafinado, Today and Now, Saxes Inc. / Trombone SceneColeman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes... more on Wikipedia
The Midnight Ghost TrainStoner rock
Albums: The Midnight Ghost Train, BuffaloThe Midnight Ghost Train is an American rock band from Topeka, Kansas. The band’s line-up... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Bring It Back, Re-Arrange Us, Mountaintops, My Solo Project, Team BooMates of State are an American indie pop duo, active since 1997. The group consists of the... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Melissa Etheridge, Brave and Crazy, I'm the Only One, Lucky, Brother Bear 2Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and... more on Wikipedia
- 12Kendall Francis Schmidt (born November 2, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, music... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Eden's IslandGeorge Alexander Aberle, known as eden ahbez (April 15, 1908 – March 4, 1995), was an American... more on Wikipedia
- 14Joyce DiDonato (née Flaherty; born February 13, 1969) is an American operatic lyric-coloratura... more on Wikipedia
- 15Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893 – October 26, 1952) was an American stage actress, professional... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Subverter, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, A Reason to Breathe, Live at CBGB's NYCThe Esoteric is a hardcore/rock band founded in 1996 from Lawrence, Kansas. They are currently... more on Wikipedia
Albums: This Will Be Laughing Week, Open Up and Say Awesome, Electric Kissing Parties, Before We SparkUltimate Fakebook is a 3-piece power pop band from Manhattan, KS. They released three... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Your Majesty, Designing a Nervous Breakdown, Devil on Our Side: B-Sides and Rarities, The Get Up Kids / The Anniversary, With FinchThe Anniversary was an American band formed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997 by Josh Berwanger,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: City of Glass, Cuban Fire!, Standards in Silhouette, A Merry Christmas!, Stan Kenton Plays ChicagoStanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was an American popular music and... more on Wikipedia
Albums: You Build a Wall, I'll Build a Ladder, Ad Astra per Aspera, We're All Going Somewhere, Abandon KansasAbandon Kansas is an American alternative rock band originating from Wichita, Kansas.
- 21Robert Michael Watson Jr. (born August 23, 1953), known professionally as Bobby Watson, is an... more on Wikipedia162
- 22Diane Joyce Bish (born May 25, 1941) is an American organist, composer, conductor, as well as... more on Wikipedia2614
Albums: Are You Building a Temple in Heaven?, Downed: A Singles Collection, Crumble, Rat Tat Tat, Our HeadsButterglory is an American indie-rock band from Lawrence, Kansas. Contemporaries of indie rock... more on Wikipedia
- 24Vivian Vance (born Vivian Roberta Jones; July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979) was an American... more on Wikipedia2310
Albums: Worse for the Wear, Killed or Cured, Para Toda Vida, At the Foot of My Rival, Story Like a ScarThe New Amsterdams is a Lawrence, Kansas-based American band featuring Matthew Pryor of The... more on Wikipedia