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The Best Musical Artists From Montana  

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List Rules Only 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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Rob Quist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Rob Quist
Robert Ernest Quist (born January 5, 1948) is an American singer, instrumentalist (playing guitar and banjo), songwriter, and politician. His songs have been recorded by artists Michael Martin ...more
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Steve Albini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock
Steven Albini (pronounced ; born July 22, 1961) is an American musician, record producer, audio engineer and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black, Rapeman and Flour, and is a member of ...more
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Tarkio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Tarkio Alternative country
Tarkio was an indie rock band from Missoula, Montana which included Colin Meloy prior to his forming The Decemberists. Tarkio broke up in 1999, but found new popularity in a retrospective ...more
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The Skoidats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
The Skoidats were a band that played music combining elements of ska, Oi!, jazz, and punk rock. They had a contemporary sound rooted in the 1960s ska traditions of Baba Brooks, the Ethiopians ...more
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Colin Meloy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Folk rock, Indie rock, Baroque pop
Colin Patrick Henry Meloy (born October 5, 1974) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and author best known as the frontman of the Portland, Oregon, indie folk rock band The Decemberists. ...more
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Ruth Anderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Ruth Anderson
Ruth Anderson is a composer, orchestrator, and flutist, whose music is influenced by her study of Zen.
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Jeff Ament is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Experimental rock, Grunge, World music
Jeffrey Allen Ament (born March 10, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter who serves as the bassist for the American rock band Pearl Jam. He is considered to be one of the greatest rock ...more

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Isaac Brock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Indie folk, Indie rock
Isaac Kristofer Brock (born July 9, 1975) is the lead singer, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter for the American indie rock band Modest Mouse, as well as his side project band, Ugly Casanova. ...more
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Prussian Blue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Prussian Blue Pop music, Folk music
Prussian blue or Prussian Blue may refer to:
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Doug Adkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Doug Adkins Country
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 ...more
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Judith Blegen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Judith Blegen (April 27, 1943, Lexington, Kentucky) is an American soprano, particularly associated with light lyric roles of the French, Italian and German repertories.
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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Nemesis Pop music
Nemesis is an pop music duo consisting of the mirror identical twins brothers Jacob and Joshua Miller. The pair can be differentiated by their hair colors; Jacob is blond, while Joshua's hair is ...more
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Janet Gardner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Glam metal, Pop rock, Hard rock
Janet Gardner is an American rock singer.
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Twinn Connexion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Bubblegum pop, Sunshine pop, Soft rock
Twinn Connexion was the singing duo of identical twin brothers Jerry and Jay Hopkins. They were signed with Decca Records and released a self-titled album in 1968 with songs by Jerry Keller and ...more
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Philip Aaberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Jazz, Instrumental
Philip Aaberg (born April 8, 1949) is an American pianist and composer. He gained international recognition through a series of successful piano recordings released on Windham Hill Records. ...more
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Michael Dahlquist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Michael Dahlquist
Michael Dahlquist (December 22, 1965 – July 14, 2005) was a drummer in the Seattle band Silkworm.
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Luke Dowler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
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 ...more
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Emmanuel Taylor Gordon ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Emmanuel Taylor Gordon
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 ...more
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Autumn Hurlbert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Autumn Hurlbert (born in Great Falls, Montana) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Hurlbert is best known as the runner-up on the reality competition series Legally Blonde: The Musical – ...more
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Jonny Fritz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Jonny Fritz
Jonathan Russell Fritz, formerly known as Jonny Corndawg, is an American alternative country musician. He has released four albums, two under the name "Jonny Corndawg" and two as
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Storyhill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Storyhill Folk music
Storyhill is an American folk duo, composed of Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson. The acoustic songwriting duo formed in Bozeman, Montana in 1989 simply as Chris & Johnny. They did not ...more
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Joseph Fire Crow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Joseph Fire Crow
Joseph Fire Crow (March 29, 1959 – July 11, 2017) was a Cheyenne flutist. He released albums from 1992 to 2017. His album Cheyenne Nation was nominated for a Grammy in 2001. Fire Crow appeared ...more
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Happy Cactus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Happy Cactus
Happy Cactus was a band formed by Colin Meloy while he attended Helena High School. Other members of Happy Cactus included David Casey, Deidre Casey, and Mark Schummer. Meloy went on to lead ...more
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Brandon Jovanovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Brandon Jovanovich
Brandon Jovanovich is an American operatic tenor whose repertoire encompasses Wagner, Puccini, Strauss, Britten, and from early Baroque to world premiere operas. He is most known for his ...more
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Stephanie Quayle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Montana
Stephanie Quayle (born 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. In June 2016, Quayle released "Drinking with Dolly" via Rebel Engine Entertainment. It was written by ...more