Here are the best artists and bands from Rhode Island. The land of pristine shorelines and historic landmarks also has a richly vibrant music scene centered around Providence. The city became particularly famous around the 1990s when noise rock began to take hold in the public's consciousness. It is also home to various music festivals, such as the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals, where bands from all over the United States gather to treat locals to a day of fun, good vibes, and the best musical artists from Rhode Island.
It is hard to pin down a definitive sound of the region. Some bands like The Dear Hunter play more progressive rock that has a variety of styles while The Low Anthem is more experimental in its styling. The same variety can be seen in the singers that come out of the Ocean State. Billy Gilman is a country artist who made his way up the ranks on The Voice while Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has released several solo albums. Other popular Rhode Island artists include Sage Francis, Velvet Crush, and Daughters.
Regardless of what music you like best, there is something for everyone in Rhode Island. These are the most famous Rhode Island musical artists, but there are plenty of other smaller acts that play regularly around the state. Vote for your favorites.
Albums: In the Presence of Greatness, Free Expression, Melody Freaks, Stereo Blues, Rock ConcertVelvet Crush is a power pop band from Rhode Island that achieved prominence in indie-rock... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading, Act III: Life and Death, Dear Ms. Leading, Act I: The Lake SouthThe Dear Hunter is a progressive rock band originating in Providence, Rhode Island. It began... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Electronic Dream, Motion Picture, For Professional Use Only 2Abraham Orellana (born June 16, 1989), better known as his stage name AraabMuzik (stylized as... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Late Night Christmas Eve, Swing Brothers, Just You, Just Me, No Bass HitScott Hamilton (born September 12, 1954) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist associated with... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Stay with Me Tonight, Emotional, Don't Stop, Music Is Life, Jeffrey OsborneJeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American Grammy–nominated singer–songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Eddie & The Cruisers, Tough All Over, Roadhouse, Eddie and the Cruisers II, Eddie and the Cruisers: The Unreleased TapesJohn Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is an American rock band from Rhode Island which began... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Dare to Dream, One Voice, Classic Christmas, Billy Gilman, Everything and MoreWilliam Wendell Gilman III (born May 24, 1988) is an American singer. Starting as a young... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Chronological Classics: Bobby Hackett 1948-1954, Rendezvous, What a Wonderful World, Bobby Hackett Plays Henry Mancini / Bobby Hackett Plays Bert Kaempfert, A String of PearlsRobert Leo Hackett (January 31, 1915 – June 7, 1976) was an American jazz musician who played... more on Wikipedia
Albums: King, Star, Now They'll Sleep, Moon, Baby SilvertoothBelly was an alternative rock band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Simon, ...With the Spirit of a Traffic Jam..., Maximum Unicorn, Sound Soldiers, CromagneticGrüvis Malt was an American six piece band founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1995. Grüvis... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Wonderful Rainbow, Hypermagic Mountain, Ride the Skies, Lightning Bolt, Earthly DelightsLightning Bolt is an American noise rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island, composed of Brian... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Wait, Line in the Sand, The Rest, Space Monkey, Take Me HomeZOX is a band from Providence, Rhode Island that is self-described as "violin-laced... more on Wikipedia
- 13Richard Michael Barrett (born June 22, 1964), better known as Dicky Barrett, is an American... more on Wikipedia146
Albums: The Real Ramona, Hunkpapa, University, Purgatory/Paradise, Throwing MusesThrowing Muses is an alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Newport, Rhode Island, that... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Learn to Sing Like a Star, Strange Angels, Sky Motel, Hips and Makers, MurderMartha Kristin Hersh (born August 7, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and... more on Wikipedia
Albums: What the Crow Brings, The Low Anthem, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, Smart FleshThe Low Anthem is an American indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island, formed in 2006.... more on Wikipedia
Angry SaladRock music, Pop rock
Albums: Angry Salad, The Guinea Pig EP, Bizarre Gardening AccidentAngry Salad was an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band formed at Brown... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album, Human the Death Dance, Sickly BusinessPaul William "Sage" Francis (born November 18, 1976) is an American independent underground... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Amazing Royal Crowns, Payback Live, Royal, Do the DevilThe Amazing Crowns are a rockabilly band that began in Providence, Rhode Island in 1993. It... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Pigeon Is the Most Popular Bird, Severe Exposure, Paranormalized, Law of Ruins, Half ControlSix Finger Satellite are an American synthesizer-based post-hardcore band, based in... more on Wikipedia
Fang IslandInstrumental rock, Progressive rock
Albums: Fang Island, Major, Day of the Great Leap, Sky Gardens, DaisyFang Island is an American indie rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island, and based in... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Daughters, Daughters, Canada Songs, Hell Songs, Daughters 7" EPDaughters is an American rock band formed in 2001 in Providence, Rhode Island after the demise... more on Wikipedia
- 23Ted Leo is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman and... more on Wikipedia115
Albums: Load Blown, Creature Comforts, Broken Ear Record, Mr. Impossible, Beaches & CanyonsBlack Dice is an American experimental music group currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
- 25Plan 9 is an American neo-psychedelic band from Rhode Island formed in 1979. The group was... more on Wikipedia94