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The Best Musical Artists From Vermont  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Vermont or bands formed in Vermont.

Here are the best artists and bands from Vermont. Over the decades, Vermont has been a rich source of rock, folk, and traditional music. The biggest band to come out of the state is probably Phish. The famous jam band has been so influential that Ben & Jerry's (who are also Vermont natives) named an ice cream flavor after the group. While cities around the state have hosted various jam bands, there is so much more to appreciate about the Green Mountain State. The best musical artists from Vermont come from all over the state, but the majestic landscapes of the area certainly inspired at least a few. 

Some other bands to have gotten their start in Vermont include Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Twiddle, and Mellow Yellow. In addition to bands that really know how to rock, the state has also produced a surprising number of composers. Some of the most famous to get their start here include Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Otto Luening, and Jon Appleton. Other popular Vermont artists include JoJo, Aaron Lewis, and Nothing,Nowhere.

There are a lot of famous musical artists from Vermont on this list. Which ones do you put on playlists often, and which ones could you not care less about? Vermont is for lovers, so show us the artists you love by voting them up. 

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Phish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion
Phish is an American rock band noted for their musical improvisation, extended jams, blending of musical genres, and dedicated fan base. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, the band's ...more
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Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country
Neko Richelle Case is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group
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Strangefolk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Rock music, Folk music, Jazz
Strangefolk is a rock-oriented jam band originally from Burlington, VT. Since forming in 1991, the band has released five studio albums, four live albums and one live concert DVD. The band ...more
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Prydein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Prydein
Prydein is an American Celtic rock group formed in 1999. They are notable for their use of bagpipes in a rock band setting. They were formed in Burlington, Vermont, and have released three ...more
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Charles Jerome Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Charles Jerome Hopkins
Charles Jerome Hopkins was a 19th-century musician, Composer and Champion of the Arts. He is often confused, in historical texts, with his nephew, Edward Hopkins, who was also a musician and
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Rosenshontz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Rosenshontz Children's music
Rosenshontz was a children's music duo popular in the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s. Made up of Gary Rosen and Bill Shontz, the group recorded six albums between 1980 and 1994. Some of their more ...more
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Zola Turn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Zola Turn Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock
Zola Turn was a power pop/alternative rock band from Burlington, Vermont. They were one of the most well known bands to come out of the Burlington area besides the jam-rock band Phish. The band ...more
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Trey Anastasio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Classical music
Trey Anastasio is an American guitarist, composer, and vocalist noted for his work with the rock band Phish, his solo career, including the Trey Anastasio Band and the orchestral "Evenings ...more
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Julie Frost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Julie Frost Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock
Julie Frost is a Golden Globe winner and an internationally known multi-award winning American songwriter, singer, guitar player and music producer. She is the second American songwriter to win ...more
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Noah Kahan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Pop, Alternative, Indie
Noah Kahan (born January 1, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter of folk-infused pop who signed to Republic Records in 2017. Kahan released his first single, "Young Blood" in January ...more
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Dennis Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Dennis Murphy
Dennis Murphy was a composer, musician, instrument maker, artist, and playwright. Dennis Murphy was one of the fathers of American gamelan. Lou Harrison credits Murphy as being the first North ...more
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Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Ska, Rock music, Folk music
Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis Heimbold, and Chad Urmston. The band, which is based in the Boston area, was originally active from ...more
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Nico Muhly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Nico Muhly is an American contemporary classical music composer and arranger, who has worked and recorded with classical and pop/rock musicians. He currently lives in the Lower East Side section ...more
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Jamie Lee Thurston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Jamie Lee Thurston Country
Jamie Lee Thurston is an American country music singer. He was raised in Waterbury, Vermont and performed with his father starting at age 15. After moving to Los Angeles, California, he moved ...more
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Donald Knaack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
World fusion music, World music, Dance music
Donald Knaack is an American percussionist. He performs on and composes for recycled materials exclusively. His album Junk Music was nominated for a Grammy award and he has played in many ...more
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Blues and Lasers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Blues and Lasers Rock music, Delta blues
Blues and Lasers is an American delta blues rock band from Burlington, Vermont.
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Gregory Douglass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Folk rock, Alternative rock
Gregory Douglass is an American singer-songwriter. Douglass plays lead guitar and piano.
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Sam Amidon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Sam Amidon Folk music
Sam Amidon is an American independent folk artist born in Brattleboro, Vermont. His parents are folk artists Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. His younger brother, Stefan, is a professional drummer ...more
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Ramble Dove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Ramble Dove
Ramble Dove is a Burlington, Vermont-based supergroup comprising key members of that scene, instigated by Brett R. Hughes which includes Phish bassist Mike Gordon. The band, which was born out ...more
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The Cancer Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Rock music, Progressive rock, Post-rock
The Cancer Conspiracy was a progressive rock group from Burlington, Vermont featuring guitarist Daryl Rabidoux, drummer/keyboardist/saxophonist Greg Beadle, and bassist Brent Frattini. Rabidoux ...more
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Rob Eaton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Folk rock, Country rock, Jazz
Rob Eaton is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work with the renowned Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2001.
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Grace Potter and the Nocturnal... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is an American rock band from Vermont. Formed in 2002 in Waitsfield by drummer Matt Burr, guitarist Scott Tournet, and singer Grace Potter, they began their ...more
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Jon Appleton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Jon Appleton
Jon Howard Appleton is an American composer and teacher who was a pioneer in electro-acoustic music. His earliest compositions in the medium, e.g. Chef d'Oeuvre and Newark Airport Rock attracted ...more
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Morgan Page is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Electro house, Trance music, Progressive house music
Morgan Wolf Page is an American progressive and electro house DJ and music producer. His tracks include "The Longest Road", "Fight for You" and "In the Air". Page ...more
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Mountain Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Vermont
Indie, Folk music, A cappella
Mountain Man is an American singing trio of young women described as indie folk rock with a traditional Appalachian-type folk sound. They are notable for earning critical acclaim from numerous ...more