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The Best Musical Artists From South Dakota

Updated April 16, 2019 472 votes 73 voters 5.0k views29 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in South Dakota or bands formed in South Dakota.

Here are the best artists and bands from South Dakota. South Dakota has many attractions that draw people from all over the United States. Mount Rushmore, which bears the likeness of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt, is a massive monument to the men who helped build America. It serves to represent where the country has been, where it is now, and where it should go in the future. It is a good old-fashioned piece of classic Americana, much like the music that has come out of the state over the years. 

Many of the most famous musical artists from South Dakota play in the country and folk genres. However, indie rock is also popular in the region. There are plenty of venues in the area for singers and bands to perform in. The state is also home to a number of music festivals. Each year, the city of Sioux Falls hosts a Jazz and Blues Festival. Additionally, the state has had the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every summer since 1982 where plenty of classic rockers have performed. Other popular South Dakota artists include Paradise Fears, The Kickback, Bob Stewart, and The Spill Canvas.

Check out this list of South Dakota musical artists. You may just come across some acts you listen to all the time. You may also find some awesome new artists to listen to for the first time. 

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    The Spill Canvas

    Alternative Rock
    The Spill Canvas is an American alternative acoustic band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota....  more
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    Shawn Colvin

    Rock music, Folk music
    Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While...  more
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    Indigenous

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Indigenous is an American blues rock group that came to prominence in the late 1990s. The band...  more
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    Blacklite District

    Nu metal, Dubstep
    Blacklite District is an electronic hard rock band hailing from Spearfish, South Dakota,...  more
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    13
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    Earth Groans

    Hardcore punk
    Earth Groans is a hardcore punk band that formed in May 2015. The band is from South Dakota....  more
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    12
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    Judd Hoos is an American rock band based in Sturgis, South Dakota. The band's line up consists...  more
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    13
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    Kid Dakota

    Indie rock
    Kid Dakota is the musical moniker of Darren Jackson. He started performing as "Kid Dakota and...  more
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    Jerry Burke (July 26, 1911 – February 13, 1965) was a musician who played the organ and piano...  more
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    12
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    Sam Outlaw

    Country, Honky tonk
    Sam Morgan (born July 28, 1982), professionally known as Sam Outlaw, is a country music...  more
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    12
    5

    Brulé

    Pop music, Rock music
    Brulé & AIRO is a contemporary Native American New Age/Worldbeat music group based in South...  more
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    11
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    Paradise Fears

    Paradise Fears are an American alternative, pop-rock band from Vermillion, South Dakota. On...  more
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    Scatter Their Own is a Rock duo (formed in 2012) made of Scotti Clifford (Guitarist and...  more
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    10
    5

    We All Have Hooks For Hands

    Indie pop, Indie folk
    We All Have Hooks for Hands is a folk pop group from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.A. In...  more
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    Haley McCallum

    Folk
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    Jonathan May (October 9, 1958 – February 27, 2010) was an American cellist and conductor. He...  more
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    9
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    Haley Bonar

    Folk music, Alternative country
    Haley McCallum (born 1983), professionally known as Haley and formerly Haley Bonar, is a...  more
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    Jess Thomas (August 4, 1927 – October 11, 1993) was an American operatic tenor, best known for...  more
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    Ronald Holgate (born May 26, 1937, Aberdeen, South Dakota) is an American actor and opera...  more
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    11
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    The Kickback

    Indie rock
    The Kickback is an American indie rock band from Vermillion, South Dakota formed in 2006. The...  more
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    9
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    John Cacavas

    Film score
    John Harry Cacavas (August 13, 1930 – January 28, 2014) was an American composer and conductor...  more
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    12
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    Bob Stewart (born February 3, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), is an American jazz tuba...  more
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    7
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    EMA

    Noise folk, Noise rock
    Erika Michelle Anderson, (born April 2, 1982) better known by her stage name EMA, is an...  more
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    Dorothy Michelle Provine (January 20, 1935 – April 25, 2010) was an American singer, dancer,...  more
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    Thomas Dunn (December 21, 1925 – October 26, 2008) was an American musician and music editor...  more
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    Floyd Westerman, also known as Kanghi Duta i.e. "Red Crow" in Dakota (August 17, 1936 –...  more