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Kansas Music and Musicians of Note

This is a beginning attempt to provide a listing with links to information on Kansas musicians and music on the Internet. It is far from complete in its coverage of people, places, time and genres.

The information here was provided by librarians primarily from Kansas as a basic resource.


Kansas Folk Music and Dance Resource Center

Kansas Music Educators Association

Kansas Music Hall of Fame

Kansas State Picking and Fiddling Championship

Messiah Festival of Music & Art (Lindsborg, Kansas)

Arts and Entertainment, Topeka
(provided by the Topeka Capital Journal)

Country Stampede
(Country music concert held at Manhattan, Kansas, each summer)

Sunflower Music Festival

The Winfield Music Home Page
(Winfield is famous for its Blue Grass Festival)

Walnut Valley Music Festival (Winfield, Kansas)
Some Kansas bands and singers listed on the site (check under performers): Last Kansas Exit, Spontaneous Combustion, The Plaid Family, Bluegrass Country Boys, Prairie Rose Wranglers, Connie Dover, Live Bait with Mackie Redd,

"They're Playing Our Song: Community Bands in Kansas"
(A great online exhibit provided by the Kansas State Historical Society of the various bands that have entertained Kansans through the years)
The Society also has a transcription of an article online, "The First Kansas Band" at:


Ann Zimmerman (guitarist, singer and composer)

Arnold Moore (blues singer - 1914-2004)

Brian Lewis (violinist)

Byron Berline (fiddler - born in Wichita, Kansas)

Buck Clayton (jazz musician - 1911-1991)

Carson J. Robison (cowboy musician - 1890-1959)

Charles L. Johnson (composer of ragtime and popular music - 1876-1950)

Charlie Parker (jazz musician and composer - 1920-1955)

Chely Wright (country music)

Chester Allen Thomas (jazz musician - born: 1957)

Chuck Mead (country music, member of BR5-49 band)

Coleman Hawkins (jazz musician - 1904-1969)

Dodge City Cowboy Band

Eva Jessye (choral conductor/director - 1895-1992)

Freedy Johnston (singer and song writer)

Gail Kubik (1914-1984)

Howard Haskin (operatic tenor)

James A. King (operatic tenor - born: 1925)

Janelle Monáe (indie pop and soul singer, songwriter)

Jay Ungar
(Folk musician and composer. Attended Kansas State University)

Jennifer Knapp (Christian Folk-Rock musician - born: 1980)

Joe Walsh (guitarist and rock musician - 1947- )

John Joseph (J.J.) Richards (band music)

Judy Coder (Western/Cowgirl musician)

Kansas (rock band with members from Kansas)
Band member: Kerry Livgren
(Other bands which came out of this group, Kansas II and Proto-Kaw are mentioned in this article too)
Article on Kansas from Kansas 150 SLK blog

Karen Mueller (autoharpist)

Kelley Hunt (singer and song writer)

Kelly Wertz (folk musician)

Louis T. "Moondog" Hardin (musician and beat poet - 1916-1999)

Mark Schultz (contemporary Christian musician)

Marshall's Civic Band (Topeka, Kansas)

Martina McBride (country musician - born: 1966)

Melissa Etheridge (singer - born 1961)

Central States District Men's Barbershop Choruses
---Orphans (1954 SPEBSQSA Quartet Champions)

Merle Evans (Ringling Bros. Circus band leader/composer - 1892-1987)

Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Pleasant Valley Gang

Queen Bey (jazz musician)

Samuel Ramey (opera singer - born: 1942)

Stan Kenton (jazz pianist, and bandleader - 1911-1979)

Sweet Adelines Midwest Plains, Region 7 (Women's Barbershop)
---Zing! (2010 International Sweet Adelines Quartet Champions)
---Classic Edition (1998 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions)
---Shondells (1977 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions)

Thurlow Lieurance (1978-1963)

Topeka Festival Singers

OTHER PLACES TO LOOK: Kansas State Historical Society web site
(Try searches in the search box at the top of the page for terms like: musicians and music)

|     Last modified: Jan 25, 2012