Arctic Thunder will be playing at

The Coal Miner’s Ball 

April 25th, 2009

The Alpine Inn

Sutton, AK




Arctic Thunder was born in 1999, when James Spradlin  and Missy Baltes met and decided to create a band. By mixing James’ rock, heavy metal, and blues background with Missy’s folk, country, and classical styles, they created a unique sound. They debuted Arctic Thunder in June of 2000 at Lynx Pizza in Denali National Park, and have been storming Alaska ever since!

Arctic Thunder has played many venues from Seward to Healy and Lake Louise, including, Wolverine Lodge at Lake Louise, The Longhorn Saloon in Cantwell, The Totem in Healy, The Alpine Inn in Sutton, The Caboose Lounge in Palmer, The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, and The Alaska State Fair.
We play all kinds of music

for every occasion —




— all your special events!

From Patsy Cline

and Hank Williams

to Shania Twain

and Garth Brooks,

Chuck Berry to AC/DC to

Nirvana, plus our

Alaskan originals,

we’re sure to have

something you like!

Visit our music page

to hear some of

our music, and see

a more complete

list of songs.

View Arctic Thunder Web Site


James Spradlin


Percussionist/Lap Steel/Mandolin

James grew up in Alaska, and has been playing with rock bands since the early 1980’s. From soulful blues to searing rock leads,James can play any style of music! He has also been an instrument repairman specializing in electric and acousitc guitars for more than 20 years. In fact, he met his wife when she brought her guitar into the store where he was working!

Missy Spradlin



Missy grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin, and she began singing as soon as she could talk! She started playing the flute when she was ten years old, and she picked up the guitar later on. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, in May of 1991, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Missy “ran away" to Alaska, to spend the summer in Denali National Park. She ended up staying in Alaska permanently, where she met her husband, James Spradlin. Missy has played at various places in the Anchorage area including,Border’s Books & Music,The Snow City Cafe and The Fairview Inn in Talkeetna. She has also played at the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, and at the McKinley Music Festival in Cantwell.

Arctic Thunder


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