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The Best Musical Artists From Montana

Updated December 29, 2019 703 votes 79 voters 7.3k 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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    Jeff Ament

    Experimental rock, Grunge

    AlbumsWhile My Heart Beats, While My Heart Beats

    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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    Steve Albini

    Noise rock, Grunge

    AlbumsAll Right! You Little Bastards! (Live in Japan 1992)

    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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    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 many...  more
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    Alternative country

    AlbumsOmnibus, I Guess I Was Hoping for Something More, Sea Songs for Landlocked Sailors

    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 released by...  more
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    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 and the...  more
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    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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    Ruth Anderson

    Ruth Anderson is a composer, orchestrator, and flutist, whose music is influenced by her study of Zen....  more
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    Janet Gardner

    Glam metal, Pop rock
    Janet Gardner is an American rock singer....  more
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    Colin Meloy

    Folk rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsColin Meloy Sings Live!, Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey, Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke, Colin Meloy Sings trad. arr. Shirley Collins, Live at the Beachcomber

    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. In...  more
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    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 Victoria Banks and...  more
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    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 passionate...  more
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    Isaac Brock

    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. As a...  more
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    Judith Blegen (April 27, 1943, Lexington, Kentucky) is an American soprano, particularly associated with light lyric roles of the French, Italian and German repertories....  more
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    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 Tarkio...  more
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    Philip Aaberg

    Jazz, Instrumental

    AlbumsField Notes, Upright, Out of the Frame, Three Part Invention, High Plains Christmas

    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. Although...  more
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    Hannah Rose

    Hannah Rose Cox (born May 17, 1995), who goes by the stage name Hannah Rose, is an American Christian musician. She released a studio album, Hannah Rose, with Dream Records, in 2013. She is now a...  more
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    Michael Dahlquist

    Michael Dahlquist (December 22, 1965 – July 14, 2005) was a drummer in the Seattle band Silkworm....  more
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    Twinn Connexion

    Bubblegum pop, Sunshine pop

    AlbumsSongs from the Heart, Twinn Connexion

    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 David...  more
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    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 "Jonny Fritz"....  more
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    Folk music

    AlbumsThis Side of Lost, Dovetail, Storyhill, Shade of the Trees, Duotones

    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 adopt the...  more
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    Wylie Gustafson

    Rockabilly, Folk music

    AlbumsWay Out West

    Wylie Galt Gustafson (born June 7, 1961, Conrad, Montana) is an American singer-songwriter who has toured nationally and internationally with his band, "Wylie & The Wild West". The band is known for...  more
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    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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    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 – The...  more
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    Linda McDonald

    Heavy metal, Hard rock
    Linda McDonald is the drummer of the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens (billed as the "World's Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden"). In addition, she was a member of the Ozzy Osbourne tribute...  more
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    The International Playboys

    Rock music

    AlbumsCobra Blood Hangover, Sexiful, First Album

    The International Playboys were an American modern rock band formed in 2000. Since their inception, the group went through numerous lineups, including four ex-drummers. Its final roster included...  more
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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in Montana or bands formed in Montana.