What State Has The Most Music Diversity?
As I have listened to a wide variety of roots music over many decades, I am constantly amazed at how much the musicians from Texas have affected the music world. Not only does it have a large stable of great songwriters, epecially in the country field, but many genres may have been started in that great state (western swing, honky tonk, and maybe zydeco). I was trying to think of some reasons why any state has so many great musicians of many styles. Large population, large size and geographic diversity may be important in the case of Texas and California, as well as cultural diversity.
Tennessee not only has country and bluegrass centered around Nashville but jazz and blues in Memphis. Louisiana would also be in the top tier due to cultural diversity. I would put my homestate, North Carolina, just below this top tier as we have moderately large size and diversity and a large higher education exposure, especially in the Triangle, which brings in students and musicians from other states who choose to stay. Our music ranges from old spoken English ballads from the mountain hollers to sea shanties on the coast with alt. country, folk (Doc Watson) , pop rock, bluegrass (Earl Scruggs) in between.
What other states come to mind and what do you think are some of the reasons for their contribution to the music world? The city of Chicago is almost a state of its own and has wonderful jazz and blues history.