Some artists from Arizona include Stevie Nicks, the Gin Blossoms and the Meat Puppets. From rock and power pop to experimental sounds, these artists are some of the most popular to come from this state.
Phoenix native Stevie Nicks learned to play music from her grandfather. By the 1970s, she was a pivotal member of Fleetwood Mac, one of the best-selling groups of the decade. Nick’s sultry voice and skillful songwriting translated into a successful solo career, and artists as diverse as Courtney Love, Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks have cited her as an influence.
The Gin Blossoms emerged from Tempe, Arizona, at the height of the grunge movement, but their sound owed as much to classic pop as it did to punk. The group hit the top of the college rock charts with their 1993 single “Hey Jealousy.” The follow-up single “Found Out About You” helped propel their debut album to platinum status. Guitarist and songwriter Greg Hopkins committed suicide later that year, but the group still found success with their next album.
A hybrid of punk, country and art rock, the Meat Puppets came from the Tempe underground with an original sound. Signed to legendary punk label SST, the group found major label success in the 1990s, also backing up Nirvana during their legendary performance on "MTV Unplugged."