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What Artist Best Represents Kansas?? has a list of musical acts that best represent each state.  The musicians didn’t necessarily have to be from the state, but that’s the case for a lot of them.  The list seems mostly subjective.  They considered stuff like album sales and Grammy wins, but they admit there were “less concrete factors” as well, and they didn’t say what those might be.

Here’s the full rundown:



Alabama:  Alabama


Alaska:  Jewel


Arizona:  Stevie Nicks


Arkansas:  Johnny Cash


California:  The Eagles


Colorado:  John Denver


Connecticut:  Michael Bolton


Delaware:  George Thorogood


Florida:  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


Georgia:  Outkast


Hawaii:  Bruno Mars


Idaho:  Paul Revere and the Raiders


Illinois:  Chicago


Indiana:  Michael Jackson


Iowa:  The Everly Brothers


Kansas:  Kansas


Kentucky:  Loretta Lynn


Louisiana:  Harry Connick, Jr.


Maine:  Rustic Overtones


Maryland:  Toni Braxton


Massachusetts:  Boston


Michigan:  Madonna


Minnesota:  Prince


Mississippi:  Elvis Presley


Missouri:  Ike and Tina Turner


Montana:  Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.  Believe it or not, as far as musicians born in Montana, he’s pretty much IT.


Nebraska:  311


Nevada:  The Killers


New Hampshire:  Aerosmith


New Jersey:  Bruce Springsteen


New Mexico:  The Shins


New York:  Billy Joel


North Carolina:  Charlie Daniels


North Dakota:  Lawrence Welk


Ohio:  The Black Keys


Oklahoma:  Garth Brooks


Oregon:  Everclear


Pennsylvania:  Boyz II Men


Rhode Island:  The Talking Heads


South Carolina:  Hootie & the Blowfish


South Dakota:  Shawn Colvin


Tennessee:  Dolly Parton


Texas:  Kenny Rogers


Utah:  The Osmonds


Vermont:  Phish


Virginia:  Dave Matthews Band


Washington:  Nirvana


West Virginia:  Brad Paisley


Wisconsin:  The Violent Femmes


Wyoming:  Chris LeDoux

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