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2012-11-01 04:57:10 PM  

notadamnduck: orezona: The biggest band out of Arizona is Jimmy Eat World... And if you want to include a television talent show contestant winner, that's pretty much it.

...Alice Cooper?

/Meat Puppets?
/J.F.A.?


Didn't Alice Cooper start in Detroit? Alice is from there.

/Thought Michigan would be higher than 7 but that's respectable
 
2012-11-01 05:14:24 PM  

Broktun: Prey4reign: The states ranked for a specific reason:

1. Nevada
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. Pennsylvania
5. Virginia
6. West Virginia
7. California
8. Alaska
9. Nebraska
10. Alabama
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. Louisiana
14. Montana
15. North Carolina
16. South Carolina
17. Arizona
18. North Dakota
19. South Dakota
20. Minnesota
21. Iowa
22. Rhode Island
23. Maryland
24. Tennessee
25. Maine
26. Delaware
27. New Hampshire
28. Wyoming
29. Utah
30. Hawaii
31. Mississippi
32. Missouri
33. New York
34. Michigan
35. Wisconsin
36. Oregon
37. Washington
38. New Mexico
39. Colorado
40. Idaho
41. Ohio
42. Kansas
43. Arkansas
44. Texas
45. Illinois
46. Massachusetts
47. Vermont
48. Connecticut
49. New Jersey
50. Kentucky

See if you can figure out why they are ranked the way they are (having nothing to do with contribution to American music).

Alphabetical by last letter.


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Please talk to Drew on your way out of the web site. I believe he has a parting gift for you -- a package of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat.
 
2012-11-01 05:24:08 PM  
Not that I care about someone's random list, but Illinois at 45! Chess Records alone should put Illinois in the top 25. Don't people like Wilco? Or Muddy Waters? Or secretly listen to Styx?
 
2012-11-01 05:53:19 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: Decemberists....

/ don't care for them myself , but they are nationally known...


'Course, Colin Meloy's from Montana, and he's about 3/4 of the Decemberists' success. The whole band is fantastic, though.
 
2012-11-01 06:02:40 PM  
Thought Michigan would be higher on Motown alone (Aretha, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Jackson 5 etc). Plus:

Madonna
The Stooges
John Lee Hooker
MC5
Started the whole genre of Techno
Mitch Ryder
Bob Seger
Alice Cooper
Nugent
Kid Rock
The Romantics
Grand Funk Railroad
Sponge
White Stripes
Aaliyah
The Winans
Rare Earth
Del Shannon
Grand Funk Railroad
Brendan Benson
A ton of Hip Hop including Eminem
Lots of Jazz musicians
Longtime Disney Composer Paul Smith

Pretty impressive.
 
2012-11-01 06:19:57 PM  
Since Louisiana isn't #1, this list fails.

All American music of the last 120+ years originated in New Orleans, and jazz is our one true art form.
 
2012-11-01 06:38:58 PM  

Crewmannumber6: T.rex: Ohio should be #1 based on Bone Thugs, alone.

I don't know what a bone thugs is, but Ohio should be higher based on King Records in Cincinnati, and Bootsy Collins.

/and the Black Keys


Black Keys, Joe Arthur, Devo and Chrissie Hynde all graduated from Fireston Highschool in Akron, OH. That alone deserves a spot in the top 10.

/Also Malina Kanakerides and Angie Everhart
 
2012-11-01 06:40:21 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: Fireston Highschool in Akron, OH


Firestone High School
FTFM
 
2012-11-01 06:40:25 PM  

Snowflake Tubbybottom: We killed Buddy Holly and Richie Valens in one shot. That's gotta be worth something.


The Big Bopper is worth something too.
 
2012-11-01 06:46:45 PM  

kukukupo: Since Louisiana isn't #1, this list fails.

All American music of the last 120+ years originated in New Orleans, and jazz is our one true art form.


www.beanblossom.us

What did that boy just say?
 
2012-11-01 06:52:06 PM  

Bong Hits For Mohammed: I grew up in Oregon. I would have bet that it was #50. I would like to know HOW it got to the middle of the list. Maybe Kurt Cobain made a beer run down there one time.


The Kingsmen
Everclear
Quarterflash
Nu Shooz
Courtney Love
The Decemberists
Pink Martini
Portugal, the Man
Storm Large
 
2012-11-01 07:46:18 PM  
Any list on this subject that doesn't include Louisiana at #1 is flat-out wrong. Jazz is basically the foundation all other American music is built on and, while it might not be the most popular genre in the US these days, foreigners still go crazy for it. This is quite possibly the only positive list Louisiana could ever be put at the top of and they certainly deserve it more than Minne-farking-sota.


/good to see Texas didn't get the shaft though
 
2012-11-01 08:02:56 PM  
because i am bored, first musician/bands that come to mind by state

50. Vermont -phlush
49. Colorado - devotchka
48. Alaska ...
47. Connecticut ...
46. South Dakota...
45. North Dakota - lawrence welk
44. Utah - marie osmond
43. Maine...
42. Wyoming - chris ledoux
41. Iowa - unfortunate plane crash
40. Wisconsin - les paul
39. Rhode Island - talking heads
38. New Mexico - shins
37. Idaho - built to spill
36. Delaware - spindrift
35. Montana...
34. New Hampshire - gg allin
33. West Virginia - jess white
32. Nebraska - bright eyes
31. Nevada - pap smear
30. Arizona - meat puppets, calexico
29. Hawaii - slack key guitars
28. South Carolina - hootie
27. Oklahoma - chainsaw kittens
26. Maryland... DC - bad brains
25. Kansas - paw
24. Arkansas - glen campbell
23. Oregon - wipers
22. North Carolina - southern culture on the skids
21. Indiana - that one family
20. Pennsylvania - ween
19. Massachusetts - aerosmith, pixies
18. Kentucky - bill monroe
17. Florida - the outlaws
16. Virginia - dismemberment plan, DC-fugazi
15. Washington - melvins
14. Missouri - bottle rockets
13. Illinois - uncle tupelo
12. Ohio - pere ubu, devo
11. Alabama - drive by truckers
10. Texas - bob wills, chris whitley
9. New Jersey - ben vaughn
8. California/north - melvins, faith no more
8. California/south - x, minutemen, dave alvin
7. Michigan - iggy pop, mc5
6. Tennessee - big star
5. New York - velvet underground, ramones
4. Georgia - drive by truckers
3. Louisiana - alex chilton, n.o. klezmer all stars
2. Mississippi - robert johnson
1. Minnesota - robert zimmerman
 
2012-11-01 08:43:04 PM  
I wanna play too!

50. Vermont -phish
49. Colorado - big head Todd and the monsters
48. Alaska - jewel
47. Connecticut - John Mayer
46. South Dakota - probably a busker at mt Rushmore? No idea.
45. North Dakota - the guy who couldn't get the gig busking at mt Rushmore
44. Utah - Mormon tabernacle choir
43. Maine - howie day
42. Wyoming - Dick Cheney
41. Iowa - Glenn miller
40. Wisconsin - violent femmes
39. Rhode Island - dicky Barrett (bosstones singer)
38. New Mexico...
37. Idaho - built to spill!!!
36. Delaware...
35. Montana - Jeff ament
34. New Hampshire...
33. West Virginia - bill withers
32. Nebraska - tilly and the wall
31. Nevada - the killers
30. Arizona - jimmy eat world
29. Hawaii -
28. South Carolina - James brown
27. Oklahoma - flaming lips
26. Maryland - clutch
25. Kansas - farking joe Walsh!
24. Arkansas... Bill Clinton skin flute
23. Oregon - dandy warhols
22. North Carolina - Ben folds five
21. Indiana - Axl
20. Pennsylvania - o'jays
19. Massachusetts - dropick murphys
18. Kentucky - My morning jacket
17. Florida - Fred durst
16. Virginia - GWAR
15. Washington - temple of the dog
14. Missouri - nelly, st. Lunatics
13. Illinois - ok go
12. Ohio - Maynard James Keenan
11. Alabama - Alabama
10. Texas - Zz top
9. New Jersey - Francis Albert
8. California - chili peppers
7. Michigan - chad smith
6. Tennessee - super drag
5. New York - upstate, Rick James, downstate, Adam yauch, rip
4. Georgia - REM
3. Louisiana - galactic
2. Mississippi - Elvis
1. Minnesota - motion city soundtrack
 
2012-11-01 08:44:46 PM  
This is bullshiat.

Indiana has:
-Michael Jackson
-John Mellencamp
-Axl Rose
-David Lee Roth

THRILLER, SON! THRILLERRRRR! Also, Jack & Diane ... who doesn't know that song? NO ONE!
And then there is the awesomeness of GNR and Van Halen
 
2012-11-01 08:49:37 PM  
i failed the hipness quotient on my own test:

18. Kentucky - slint
 
2012-11-01 08:50:09 PM  
Should read: Here's a list of random states with zero explanation.

Also, here's a list of my favorite numbers:
13
1984
42
1
eleventy
 
2012-11-01 08:52:20 PM  

Laikabot: Should read: Here's a list of random states with zero explanation.

Also, here's a list of my favorite numbers:
13
1984
42
1
eleventy


potatoe?
 
2012-11-01 09:07:39 PM  
List is invalid since Tennessee isn't #1. That is all. Tennessee, ya know, Nashville is the capital. It's nickname is Music City USA? You know, the state Elvis was from, lived in, and died in? That Tennessee.
 
2012-11-01 09:11:59 PM  

jaylectricity: With absolutely no reasoning as to why. What a worthless list.

 
2012-11-01 09:12:40 PM  

TheBitterest: Thought Michigan would be higher on Motown alone (Aretha, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Jackson 5 etc). Plus:

Madonna
The Stooges
John Lee Hooker
MC5
Started the whole genre of Techno
Mitch Ryder
Bob Seger
Alice Cooper
Nugent
Kid Rock
The Romantics
Grand Funk Railroad
Sponge
White Stripes
Aaliyah
The Winans
Rare Earth
Del Shannon
Grand Funk Railroad
Brendan Benson
A ton of Hip Hop including Eminem
Lots of Jazz musicians
Longtime Disney Composer Paul Smith

Pretty impressive.


You forgot
The Verve
Eminem
The Rockets
Bittersweet Alley
Sixto Rodriguez
 
2012-11-01 09:19:51 PM  
johnny queso

just a made up number...

kind of like: omg!!!!!11
 
2012-11-01 09:32:09 PM  

ParagonComplex: the state Elvis was from. That Tennessee.


When did they move Tupelo to Tennessee?
 
2012-11-01 09:35:49 PM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: I thought Wisconsin should be higher because of Les Paul, but I guess that is mitigated by killing Stevie Ray Vaughn and unleashing the BoDeans upon the world.


Violent Femmes should count for something. Although we also contributed Liberace.
 
kth
2012-11-01 09:36:33 PM  

busy chillin': So I went to Wikipedia to find some famous musicians from my state...and found out Danny Carey is from Lawrence.

I don't know what but this means something...and it gives me a reason to post
Flood

Also, found out Joe Walsh and Janelle Monae are from here. And of course, Split Lip Rayfield.

And Kansas, who went to my high school.


Dammit, you got me all happy that there was a Kill Creek (from Lawrence) video out there. But sadly no.

boo.

See also: The Embarrassment, Freedy Johnston.

johnny queso 25:Paw I saw them many times. Their drummer passed me beers out the window of a bar when I was on the porch listening, because I was too young to get in.

Bands I used to think were from Kansas because they played in Lawrence do damn much: Urge Overkill, Everclear
 
2012-11-01 09:38:01 PM  

ParagonComplex: List is invalid since Tennessee isn't #1. That is all. Tennessee, ya know, Nashville is the capital. It's nickname is Music City USA? You know, the state Elvis was from, lived in, and died in? That Tennessee.


Elvis was from Mississippi.
 
2012-11-01 10:06:25 PM  
Oklahoma 27th???????? you kidding me!

Have you not heard the Tulsa Sound, Leon Russell, JJ Cale. Bob Wills, we get half the credit from Texas. David Gates, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, The Gap Band, Woody Guthrie, Toby Keith, Hoyt Axton, Gene Autry , Patty Page, Roger Miller, Wanda Jackson.

Plus, "Take Me Back To Tulsa", "Oklahoma", "Tulsa Time", "Why God Made Oklahoma" and who can leave out "Boys From Oklahoma Roll Their Joints All Wrong"

The list is bogus......................
 
2012-11-01 10:09:12 PM  

grob: Oklahoma 27th???????? you kidding me!

Have you not heard the Tulsa Sound, Leon Russell, JJ Cale. Bob Wills, we get half the credit from Texas. David Gates, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, The Gap Band, Woody Guthrie, Toby Keith, Hoyt Axton, Gene Autry , Patty Page, Roger Miller, Wanda Jackson.

Plus, "Take Me Back To Tulsa", "Oklahoma", "Tulsa Time", "Why God Made Oklahoma" and who can leave out "Boys From Oklahoma Roll Their Joints All Wrong"

The list is bogus......................


those count against you.
 
2012-11-01 10:18:15 PM  
"Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong" Is talking about these boys at OU in Norman.

This song was recorded in Stillwater where OSU is located.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgd-tkjxQ94
 
2012-11-01 11:02:42 PM  

johnny queso: grob: Oklahoma 27th???????? you kidding me!

Have you not heard the Tulsa Sound, Leon Russell, JJ Cale. Bob Wills, we get half the credit from Texas. David Gates, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, The Gap Band, Woody Guthrie, Toby Keith, Hoyt Axton, Gene Autry , Patty Page, Roger Miller, Wanda Jackson.

Plus, "Take Me Back To Tulsa", "Oklahoma", "Tulsa Time", "Why God Made Oklahoma" and who can leave out "Boys From Oklahoma Roll Their Joints All Wrong"

The list is bogus......................

those count against you.


Suck it, Blake Shelton just named entertainer of the year at the CMA awards.
 
2012-11-01 11:26:21 PM  
Michigan should be higher. Motown, a fair amount of the rap scene, and quite a few good bands all are from there. If we're not just saying "by relative success of local bands", and we're also counting things like record labels being located there, then it's easily top 5.

Ohio is right where it should be. Cleveland was really important in the 70s/80s in breaking in new bands (Springsteen and Bowie owe a lot of their success from getting a lot of play on 100.7 before they were famous), and there's a fair number of good acts from around here. Plus there's the Rock and Roll HoF (though even Clevelanders admit the Rock hall is garbage).

Tennessee should be higher. That's the start of rock and roll (for America) and country. There's a case to be made for them being #1.
 
2012-11-01 11:46:23 PM  

grob: johnny queso: grob: Oklahoma 27th???????? you kidding me!

Have you not heard the Tulsa Sound, Leon Russell, JJ Cale. Bob Wills, we get half the credit from Texas. David Gates, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, The Gap Band, Woody Guthrie, Toby Keith, Hoyt Axton, Gene Autry , Patty Page, Roger Miller, Wanda Jackson.

Plus, "Take Me Back To Tulsa", "Oklahoma", "Tulsa Time", "Why God Made Oklahoma" and who can leave out "Boys From Oklahoma Roll Their Joints All Wrong"

The list is bogus......................

those count against you.

Suck it, Blake Shelton just named entertainer of the year at the CMA awards.


I highlighted 2, neither of which was Blake Shelton.
 
2012-11-02 12:15:12 AM  

kukukupo: Since Louisiana isn't #1, this list fails.

All American music of the last 120+ years originated in New Orleans, and jazz is our one true art form.


Just like BBQ jazz was perfected in KC
 
2012-11-02 12:40:47 AM  

lacydog: Ohio is right where it should be. Cleveland was really important in the 70s/80s in breaking in new bands (Springsteen and Bowie owe a lot of their success from getting a lot of play on 100.7 before they were famous), and there's a fair number of good acts from around here.


I-Tal.
 
2012-11-02 01:01:15 AM  

shastacola: ParagonComplex: List is invalid since Tennessee isn't #1. That is all. Tennessee, ya know, Nashville is the capital. It's nickname is Music City USA? You know, the state Elvis was from, lived in, and died in? That Tennessee.

Elvis was from Mississippi.


He was born in Mississippi, but moved to Tennessee at a very early age, was raised here, lived here, got his start here, and is buried here (unless you're an old school conspiracy theory nut that still believes he's alive)

Speaking of which, does anyone else remember those Elvis Is Alive TV specials that Bill Bixby used to do? Yeah, the Incredible Hulk himself.
 
2012-11-02 03:21:35 AM  

orezona: The "article" is bad and it's author should feel bad.

Being from Oregon the only "home grown" bands I can think of are Poison Idea, Everclear and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies (who I actual saw play in a Grange Hall in Yachats or something in the early 90's).

The biggest band out of Arizona is Jimmy Eat World... And if you want to include a television talent show contestant winner, that's pretty much it.


maybe the Meat Puppets..no idea
 
2012-11-02 03:34:36 AM  
i522.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-02 06:35:17 AM  

The5thElement: Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: I thought Wisconsin should be higher because of Les Paul, but I guess that is mitigated by killing Stevie Ray Vaughn and unleashing the BoDeans upon the world.

Violent Femmes should count for something. Although we also contributed Liberace.


Jane Wiedlin, too. Why haven't The Go-Go's gotten even a mention for the R&R HOF?
 
2012-11-02 09:22:40 AM  

busy chillin': rcantley: JohnBigBootay: Someone help me out with Minnesota. Besides Prince I mean.

Bob Dylan

/Which isn't enough to make it #1 IMHO...

Before Dylan most people didn't write their own songs. It was Tin Pan Alley and producers. Dylan changed the music industry forever. Now, we all judge musicians on their song writing ability...


4.bp.blogspot.com

2.bp.blogspot.com

cdn.pigeonsandplanes.com

Disagree.
 
2012-11-02 09:36:57 AM  

Onkel Buck: TheBitterest: Thought Michigan would be higher on Motown alone (Aretha, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Jackson 5 etc). Plus:

Madonna
The Stooges
John Lee Hooker
MC5
Started the whole genre of Techno
Mitch Ryder
Bob Seger
Alice Cooper
Nugent
Kid Rock
The Romantics
Grand Funk Railroad
Sponge
White Stripes
Aaliyah
The Winans
Rare Earth
Del Shannon
Grand Funk Railroad
Brendan Benson
A ton of Hip Hop including Eminem
Lots of Jazz musicians
Longtime Disney Composer Paul Smith

Pretty impressive.

You forgot
The Verve
Eminem
The Rockets
Bittersweet Alley
Sixto Rodriguez


And you forgot techno music

/inb4 nobody listens to techno
 
2012-11-02 11:10:06 AM  

puckrock2000:
Disagree.


No sh*t. I said "most" not f*cking "all".

kth: busy chillin': So I went to Wikipedia to find some famous musicians from my state...and found out Danny Carey is from Lawrence.

I don't know what but this means something...and it gives me a reason to post
Flood

Also, found out Joe Walsh and Janelle Monae are from here. And of course, Split Lip Rayfield.

And Kansas, who went to my high school.

Dammit, you got me all happy that there was a Kill Creek (from Lawrence) video out there. But sadly no.

boo.

See also: The Embarrassment, Freedy Johnston.

johnny queso 25:Paw I saw them many times. Their drummer passed me beers out the window of a bar when I was on the porch listening, because I was too young to get in.

Bands I used to think were from Kansas because they played in Lawrence do damn much: Urge Overkill, Everclear


I thought of Kill Creek driving home last night. Also The Appleseed Cast.

And Vitreous Humor and Danny Pound. Hospital Ships. Obviously a bunch I am forgetting and don't know about.

I forgot about PAW..those dudes play loud. Only saw them once.
 
kth
2012-11-02 11:34:19 AM  

busy chillin': I thought of Kill Creek driving home last night. Also The Appleseed Cast.

And Vitreous Humor and Danny Pound. Hospital Ships. Obviously a bunch I am forgetting and don't know about.

I forgot about PAW..those dudes play loud. Only saw them once.



Lawrence was a good place to be in the 90s. And other times as well, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the 90s.

A little after my time but also: The Get Up Kids, Mates of State.
 
2012-11-02 11:42:31 AM  

kth:


Lawrence was a good place to be in the 90s. And other times as well, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the 90s.

A little after my time but also: The Get Up Kids, Mates of State.


It's funny, I'm a huge live music fan and now live in Lawrence, but have two kids so I hardly ever go to shows..that are just down the street.

I didn't realize Mates of State are from Kansas. They have a couple songs I love.
 
kth
2012-11-02 02:04:51 PM  

busy chillin': kth:


Lawrence was a good place to be in the 90s. And other times as well, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the 90s.

A little after my time but also: The Get Up Kids, Mates of State.

It's funny, I'm a huge live music fan and now live in Lawrence, but have two kids so I hardly ever go to shows..that are just down the street.

I didn't realize Mates of State are from Kansas. They have a couple songs I love.


Kori was in my (outing myself) sorority. I had no idea she was even a musician, which is weird since I went to shows all the damn time during the better part of the 90s, but apparently not hers.

I've been to one or two shows in the last several years, but not many. The last one was a reunion show of my friends' band, and that was... damn, three years ago. Time flies.
 
2012-11-02 02:31:23 PM  

jaylectricity: With absolutely no reasoning as to why. What a worthless list.


Yeah, I loved that they put up a list of states but did not list what artists were from those states and not another word... Yep that was a profound article! They should have at least linked a listing of said artists to each state name. What a lazy writer!

Someone that really got off on the history of music could have made this into an interesting article.
 
2012-11-02 05:49:48 PM  
I was born where Bob Dylan was born - same hospital even.
The singer / guitarist from Low was my guitar teacher growing up.
Man, I'm so Minnesota it hurts. (I live in Chicago now)
CSB


/Going to see Dylan in a few days
//MN should not be number 1 - TN should.
///Slashies
 
2012-11-03 02:26:02 AM  
I thought AZ would be pretty far down on the list. But we do have a few famous musicians that were born here:

Jim Adkins (born 1975), lead singer and guitarist for the band Jimmy Eat World
Rex Allen (1920-1999), singer-songwriter, actor, known as "The Arizona Cowboy"
Authority Zero; punk rock band; Mesa, Arizona
Ryan Avery - musician/comedian/performance artist
Chester Bennington (born 1976), singer for the band Linkin Park
Dierks Bentley: country singer, Phoenix, Arizona
Maynard James Keenan - Actor, wine enthusiast, and frontman for Tool (band), A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer.
Derrick Bostrom (born 1960), Meat Puppets Drummer.
Michelle Branch (born 1983), singer-songwriter, guitarist
Glen Campbell; country singer; inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Alice Cooper (born 1948), rock and roll singer
Duane Eddy - singer; inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Travis Edmonson (1932-2009), singer-songwriter, part of folk duo, Bud & Travis
David Ellefson (born 1964), bass guitar player and co-founder of the metal band Megadeth
Dolan Ellis (born 1935), singer-songwriter, Arizona Official State Balladeer since 1966; original member of the New Christy Minstrels
Esteban - musician
Frank Fafara *[1] early 1960s Pop Singer/TV Star on Wallace & Ladmo Show, Phoenix
The Gin Blossoms; rock band; Tempe, Arizona
Lalo Guerrero (1916-2005) singer-songwriter, known as The Father of Chicano Music, recipient of the National Medal of Arts
Waylon Jennings - singer; inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Eat World; Alternative rock band; Mesa, Arizona
Job for a Cowboy death metal band; Glendale, Arizona (formed in 2003)
J Sicc; Hip Hop, Buckeye, Arizona
Joe Jonas lead singer of the Jonas Brothers
Cris Kirkwood (born 1960), Meat Puppets, Guitar and vocals
Katie Lee, folksinger
The Meat Puppets; rock band
Charles Mingus (1922-1979), jazz bassist, composer and bandleader
Mister Mister; pop rock band from the 80's; They had several #1 MTV videos and headlined the first MTV Spring Break show in 1986
Dave Mustaine (born 1961), frontman and founder of the metal band Megadeth
Jason Newsted; former bassist of heavy metal band Metallica*
Wayne Newton (born 1942), singer, known as "Mr. Las Vegas"
Stevie Nicks (born 1948), Grammy winning singer-songwriter, known for her solo work and as a lead singer with the group Fleetwood Mac
Buck Owens Country singer; inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame; Mesa, Arizona
Richard Page and Steve George of the group Mr. Mister
Page the village idiot (b. 1966), guitar comic, satirist, singer/songwriter
CeCe Peniston, Pop Singer
The Refreshments; rock band, known for the single "Banditos" from their album Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy; Tempe, Arizona
Marty Robbins (1925-1982), country music singer
Linda Ronstadt (born 1946), singer-songwriter
Alvie Self 1960s Musician & Singer
Bob Shane (born 1934), singer, founding member of The Kingston Trio
Nigel Sixsmith (born 1957). composer, synthesist
Jordin Sparks (born 1989), singer; Winner of American Idol Season 6
The Tubes; rock band; Scottsdale High School
Tanya Tucker (born 1958), country musician
Brooke White (born 1983), indie pop/folk-pop singer
John O'Callaghan (born 1988), alternative, Lead Singer of The Maine (band)
Garrett Nickelsen (born 1990), alternative, Bassist of The Maine (band)
Patrick Kirch (born 1990), alternative, Drummer of The Maine (band)
Jared Monaco (born 1988), alternative, Guitarist of The Maine (band)
Kennedy Brock (born 1989), alternative, Guitarist of The Maine (band)
John Gomez (born 1991), alternative, Guitarist of The Summer Set
Stephen Gomez (born 1988), alternative, Bassist of The Summer Set
Brian Dales (born 1989), alternative, Lead Singer of The Summer Set
Jess Bowen (born 1989), alternative, Drummer of The Summer Set
Josh Montgomery (born 1988), alternative, Guitarist of The Summer Set

yeah I copied from Wikipedia. Sue me
 
2012-11-03 02:46:09 AM  

justinguarini4ever: Not that I care about someone's random list, but Illinois at 45! Chess Records alone should put Illinois in the top 25. Don't people like Wilco? Or Muddy Waters? Or secretly listen to Styx?


You were reading the wrong list. Also from Illinois:

Miles Davis
Benny Goodman
Herbie Hancock
Alison Kraus
Gretchen Wilson (my uncle actually played for her band for a number of years)
Chicago
REO Speedwagon
Mudvayne
Rise Against
Fall Out Boy
Superchick
Disturbed
The Smashing Pumpkins
Veruca Salt
Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Bruce Pavitt
Tom Morello (RATM)
Adam Jones (Tool)
Chevelle
Kanye West
R. Kelly

Not too shabby. I really don't understand the dumbass reason for putting Minnesota at #1 on this retarted list.
 
2012-11-04 12:15:00 AM  

sigdiamond2000: 50. Vermont
49. Colorado

May the taint of the "jam band" forever keep these two states pulling up the rear. There is no apology or redress great enough to ever overcome the utter disgrace of Phish and The String Cheese Incident. May God have mercy on your souls.


Just keep in mind that the Phish dudes aren't really Vermonters. They just came here for college. 

/and yes I accept 50th place in this list
 
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