Here are the best artists and bands from West Virginia. With a thriving music scene, the Mountain State has hosted numerous music festivals over the years, including All Good Music Festival, Heritage Music Blues Fest, and the West Virginia Independent Music Festival. Some amazing bands and singers got their start right here. From humble beginnings, the most famous musical artists from West Virginia have gone on to top the charts and earn acclaim all over the planet.
Brad Paisley is one of the biggest names in country music right now. Before all that, he was just a kid growing up in Glen Dale. The state has produced a lot more than country artists. In fact, you will find artists from a breadth of genres on this list of West Virginia musical artists. Frankie Yankovich is one of the most influential polka musicians of all time, and Garland Wilson was one of the best jazz pianists of all time. You may get a little bit of culture shock as you go down this list and see all the artists who at one time called West Virginia home. Other popular West Virginia artists and groups include Michael W. Smith, Byzantine, Rozwell Kid, and Bill Withers.
Vote up the best West Virginia artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with WV roots.
Albums: Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her, Mud on the Tires, American Saturday NightBrad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer and... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Menagerie, Still Bill, Just As I Am, 'Bout Love, Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex and Columbia AlbumsWilliam Harrison Withers Jr. (born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Time Passes By, Good News, Lonesome Standard Time, Love Travels, Walking Away a WinnerKathleen Alice Mattea (born June 21, 1959) is an American country music and bluegrass singer.... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Christmastime, It's a Wonderful Christmas, Christmas, The Big Picture, Healing RainMichael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957) is an American musician, who has charted in both... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Take This Job and Shove It, The Soul & the Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck, Jukebox Charlie, Gospeltime "In My Fashion", Song & Dance ManJohnny Paycheck (born Donald Eugene Lytle; May 31, 1938 – February 19, 2003) was an American... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Wild Man, Peanut Butter Rock and Roll, Out to Hunch, Look at That Caveman Go!!, Drinkin' My Life AwayHasil Adkins (April 29, 1937 – April 26, 2005) was an American singer-songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Oblivion Beckons, ...and They Shall Take Up Serpents, The Fundamental Component, Byzantine, Cradle SongByzantine is a heavy metal band from Charleston, West Virginia, that was formed in 2000. As of... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all, Tribute to the music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Live at Billy Bob's Texas, Still Swingin'Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Country Boy, Out Behind the Barn (disc 1), Comes Callin', Handle With Care, Take Me as I Am / Black Eyed JoesJames Cecil Dickens (December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015), better known by his stage name,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Gigantour 2005, Hell in My Heart, Apologize for Nothing, Tales From Dirt TownBobaflex is an American metal band from Point Pleasant, West Virginia. They were part of... more on Wikipedia
- 11Johnny Staats is a bluegrass mandolin, guitar and violin player, born and raised in West... more on Wikipedia134
Albums: Blue Hand Johnnie, Johnnie B. Bad, That'll Work, Johnnie Be Eighty! And Still BadJohnnie Clyde Johnson (July 8, 1924 – April 13, 2005) was an American pianist who played jazz,... more on Wikipedia
Frankie Yankovic and his YanksSlovenian-style polka
Albums: 48 Polka & Waltz Medley, Greatest Polka Hits, One More Time, Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks' Greatest Hits, The All Time Great PolkasFrank John "Frankie" Yankovic (July 28, 1915 – October 14, 1998) was an American accordion... more on Wikipedia
Albums: A Few Old Memories, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Won't You Come & Sing for Me?, Hazel & Alice, Who's That Knocking?Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1925 – April 22, 2011) was an American bluegrass singer,... more on Wikipedia
The Lilly BrothersBluegrass
Albums: Bluegrass at the RootsThe Lilly Brothers, were bluegrass musicians born in Clear Creek, West Virginia. They have... more on Wikipedia
- 16Blind Joe Hill (January 7, 1931 – November 1998) was an American blues singer, guitarist,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Hunger, Seven Day JesusSeven Day Jesus was a Christian rock band formed in Huntington, West Virginia in 1994. The... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Yip/Jump Music, 1990, Hi, How Are You, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered CoveredDaniel Dale Johnston (born January 22, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter and visual... more on Wikipedia
The Black Twig PickersOld-time music
Albums: Rough Carpenters, Glory In The Meeting House, North Folk Flyer, A Valentine for Jack Rose, Ironto SpecialThe Black Twig Pickers is an Appalachian old-time band consisting of Mike Gangloff on... more on Wikipedia
- 20John Joseph Corbett (born May 9, 1961) is an American actor and country music singer. He is... more on Wikipedia147
Albums: I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy, 22 Greatest Hits, Hawk 1953-61 (disc 3)Harold Franklin Hawkins (December 22, 1921 – March 5, 1963), better known as Hawkshaw Hawkins,... more on Wikipedia
- 22Jeffery David Stevens (born June 15, 1959 in Alum Creek, West Virginia) is an American country... more on Wikipedia125
- 23Steve Whiteman is a member of the musical group Kix.
- 24Elbern H. "Eddie" Alkire (December 6, 1907 – January 25, 1981) was America's most recognized... more on Wikipedia126
- 25DJ Cheese (born Robert Cheese) was the Second World Champion of the DMC World DJ Championships... more on Wikipedia139
DJ CheeseHip hop music