This is a fun article and interactive map from The Phoenix (I have to admit, I'd never heard of this site). 50 bands, 50 states For every state in the union, they picked a best band, best solo artist, and best new act. Some states have hard choices, did you know Minnesota is responsible for Bob Dylan and Prince. Other states, like my home state, SC, stretch the definition of solo act. Best Band is Iron & Wine. Best solo act is James Brown. Would he really have been the Godfather of Soul without his backup singers and band? And isn't Iron & Wine just Sam Beam?
Here are a few songs from what they judge to be the best bands and solo artists from states where I have lived.
SC - Make You Love Me (mp3) - Slow Runner and Sunset Soon Forgotten (mp3) - Iron & Wine
OR - Mystery (mp3) - The Wipers
UT - Paper Roses (mp3) - Marie Osmond
VA - Walkin' After Midnight (mp3) - Patsy Cline
TX - Shake Shake Shake (mp3) - White Denim