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The Best Musical Artists From Montana

Updated December 29, 2019 703 votes 79 voters 7.7k views38 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in Montana or bands formed in Montana.

Here are the best artists and bands from Montana. The Northwest state has a long and storied history in the music industry. Many folk and cowboy song pioneers came from the Treasure State. However, the state is so much more than that. The state has an incredibly diverse population, and that diversity comes out in the type of music that comes out. John Mayer may have moved to Bozeman and drew influences there for his album Paradise Valley, but for this list of the most famous Montana musical artists, the focus will solely be on people who were born or raised in the state. 

From Top Hat Lounge to Stonefly Lounge, there are plenty of venues that host an array of artists. You never know who might be stopping by, and after a long day at work, there is nothing like kicking back with a beer and watching a great blues band play all night long. Other popular Montana artists include The Iron Maidens drummer Linda McDonald, Rob Quist, Colin Meloy, and Jeff Ament.

Some of these musicians may no longer be with us, but their influences can still be felt all over the country. Now is your chance to let the world know who you believe the best musical artists from Montana are. Vote for as many artists as you like. Music has the power to reawaken old memories, so reading through this list may be just the thing you need to reminisce on good, old times. 

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    Kate Kohler

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    Kate Kohler (born February 16, 1969) is an American pianist, singer, composer, and educator, best known for her CD series of piano compositions called Lullabies for Grownups....  more
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    Luke Dowler (born July 18, 1981) is an American songwriter, performer, and producer based northwest Montana. Dowler has released a large catalogue of EPs, LPs and singles. In 2014, Paste magazine...  more
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    Doug Adkins

    Country
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    Douglas Martin Adkins (born October 3, 1963) is a country music singer and songwriter. Between 1990 and 2016, Adkins recorded 9 original studio CDs. In 2005 Adkins worked with Nashville producer and...  more
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    Steel Pole Bath Tub

    Noise rock, Hardcore punk
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    AlbumsUnlistenable, Scars From Falling Down, Tulip, The Miracle of Sound in Motion, Some Cocktail Suggestions

    Steel Pole Bath Tub was an American rock band, formed in 1986 in Bozeman, Montana by Mike Morasky and Dale Flattum....  more
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    Billie Rogers

    Swing music, Big band
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    Billie Rogers was an American jazz trumpet player and singer who was a member of the trumpet section and featured soloist with Woody Herman from 1941 to 1943. She led her own band in 1943, then at...  more
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    Prussian Blue

    Pop music, Folk music
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    AlbumsFragment of the Future, The Path We Choose, The Path We Chose, For the Fatherland, Blue too

    Prussian blue or Prussian Blue may refer to:...  more
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    Emmanuel Taylor Gordon

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    Emmanuel Taylor Gordon (April 29, 1893 – May 5, 1971) was a singer and vaudeville performer associated with the Harlem Renaissance in the mid-1920s. He was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana and...  more
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    Nicolette Larson

    Pop music, Country
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    AlbumsNicolette, All Dressed Up and No Place to Go, Radioland, In the Nick of Time, Shadows of Love

    Nicolette Larson (July 17, 1952 – December 16, 1997) was an American pop singer. She is perhaps best known for her work in the late 1970s with Neil Young and her 1978 hit single of Young's "Lotta...  more
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    Matthew Setzer

    Gothic rock, Industrial rock
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    Matthew Setzer is a musician/music technologist living in Los Angeles. Guitarist for Skinny Puppy and London After Midnight he has toured worldwide in the gothic industrial scene. Venturing outside...  more
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    John Duykers

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    John Duykers is a prominent American operatic tenor, especially known for his work in modern and contemporary opera. He made his formal debut with the Seattle Opera, in 1966....  more
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    Candy Coded

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    Candy Coded (stylized as CANDY CODED) is an American electropop music project formed in 2015 from Missoula, Montana and Little Rock, Arkansas. The duo is composed of record producer Sam Antonioli and...  more
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    Tim Montana (born January 5, 1985) is an American singer and songwriter. His single "This Beard Came Here to Party" (co-written with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons) was adopted by the Boston Red Sox as the...  more
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    Karan Armstrong

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    Karan Armstrong (born December 14, 1941, Havre, Montana) is an American operatic soprano, who is celebrated as a singing-actress....  more
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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in Montana or bands formed in Montana.