10 Treasure Valley Musicians to Look Out For

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

The Treasure Valley [aka the Boise / Meridian area of what used to be rural farmland Idaho] is now one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. What was once an almost non-existent modern music scene has recently blossomed into a close-knit community of musicians and devoted fans. Every year, thousands gather from across the United States [and around the world] to participate in Boise's Treefort Music Fest. With styles and genres spanning across the board, the Treasure Valley has something to offer to all.

While in the area for the past four years, I became familiar with the "most-talked-about" names in Boise music. I also had the ability to connect with some musicians who are currently flying a bit under-the-radar, but who have the potential to become something great in the very near future.

So, without further ado, here is my go-to list of 10 Treasure Valley Musicians to Look Out For:

1. The Phets

"The Arctic Monkeys' and Muse's evil cousin." I genuinely believe that The Phets may be one of the first Boise bands to hit it big. While labels can be incredibly picky about who they sign, this band can score a record deal if they seek one wholeheartedly. The Phets have the whole package: talent, skill, cohesive branding, stage presence, audience engagement, and finally, "the look." Formed in 2017, The Phets have already made a local name for themselves, with standout shows and a strong, devoted fanbase. Originally set to perform at this year's Treefort Music Fest [which has since been canceled for 2020], the group has continued to engage with their audience through live videos and social media content.

The Phets' members include Thomas Salazar (Vocals/Guitar), Hayden McCandless (Bass), and Cameron Elgart (Drums). Though only a 3-piece band, The Phets can fill the stage (and the sound waves) as if they are a 4 or 5 piece group.

Their debut EP, Dark Again, is available now [see links below]. If you are ever in the

Treasure Valley, I highly recommend catching a Phets performance. You will be able to one day boast of the fact that you saw them play in a tiny, local venue before their big claim to fame. As young musicians devoted to their craft, these dudes know what they're doing and where they're going.

Follow The Phets:

Facebook: @thephetsofficial

Instagram: @the.phets

Website: www.thephets.com

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2VqIPf3

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2yvhFuo

Youtube: https://bit.ly/2zlzkoT

Twitter: https://bit.ly/34SX1Aw

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2. Ana Lete

This songstress is unique, both in her sound and in her unwavering work ethic. As an experimental neo-indie folk musician, there is no one who sounds quite like Ana does. Ana Lete has only been an independent artist since 2017 but has already learned how to make a full-time income in an area where rent continues to skyrocket. She holds a degree in Music Composition from the College of Idaho and earns her income through a combination of live performances, merchandise sales, and private lesson instruction (ukulele and guitar). She was also set to play at this year's Treefort Music Fest.

Her most recent project? Lete has just created and launched her very own online Guitar Program for Adults. With the current uneasiness that COVID-19 has brought to self-employed pocketbooks, Ana has found a way to work around some of the uncertainty that comes with month-to-month income based on in-person lessons. Her new course aims to instill "confidence in [adults'] guitar-playing abilities so that they can have a fulfilling, confidence-boosting, stress-relieving hobby for years to come." If you are interested in signing up for this course, email Ana at analetemusic@gmail.com

Follow Ana Lete:

Website: analete.com

Facebook: @analetemusic

Twitter: @analetemusic

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3. Town of Trees

Town of Trees is one of the newer Treasure Valley bands to come out of the woodwork. They are easily one of the most fun-loving, welcoming groups in the area and are a representation of friendship at its finest. Everyone in the band seems to be very close, and this camaraderie shines through in their performances. Town of Trees is the type of band that will get you up and dancing; this group would be the perfect act to hire for a wedding or a party!

Town of Trees performs both originals and covers. Their genre? A combination of alternative and folk. One of my favorite things about this group is that they do all of their recording, mixing, and mastering right from home. While at-home recording has grown exponentially since the onset of COVID-19, Town of Trees was on the front end of this trend. They are able to save thousands of dollars with DIY hack, which may allow them to save up and, therefore, tour more in the days ahead.

Many groups can quickly become obsessed with perfectionism, leading to fewer releases and less live performances. Town of Trees, however, keeps music enjoyable and plays shows frequently. I commend them for this. Young adults often have a lot going on in their lives - school, work, relationships. But somehow, these artists continuously push out new content. Their love for music is evident.

One of the most fun elements of Town of Trees? They switch instruments and swap vocalists throughout their sets. All four members are singer-songwriters, so this makes for a good time. Be sure to show 'em some love!

Band Members:

Connor Hensley

Tori Hensley

Lucas Leger

Zachary (Binxx) Breuer

Follow Town of Trees:

Facebook and Instagram: @townoftrees

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2sXRtx5XDFzlPQRLN7jeww?si=PnW1rFghSV-sIUyiDLsz0A

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4. Sunsmith

If reggae is your thing, then Sunsmith is for you. My favorite song of theirs is "Red Eye Jedi" (I think that the lyrical theme is super creative), but the fans seem to like "Whipped Cream," as well. Founding member Brett Thorpe ran into some musical roadblocks a while back but refused to let that stop him from pushing forward. This group plays many local shows, and I have witnessed audience members singing along to their songs. This is proof that their tracks are catchy!