The folks over at Country Standard Time put together a list of the Top 10 states for country music. Some of the states on that list might surprise you. Most won’t.
Coming in at No. 10, was Pennsylvania. And if the Keystone State keeps producing artists like Taylor Swift, who is from just outside Reading, that state could find itself moving up the list in years to come. Other country artists you may know from Pennsylvania include The Kinleys, The Poverty Neck Hillbillies and Dustin Strait
Mississippi is No. 9 on the list. Of course everyone knows Elvis was born in Mississippi, but so were a lot of other singers. That state is the home of Charlie Pride and Faith Hill. And my favorite new country artist, Randy Houser is from Lake, Miss.
Arkansas, the No. 8 state, was the home of Johnny Cash. And also the home state of Joe Nichols and Tracy Lawrence. I like Joe a lot. I’m anxious to find out how he will make out playing the party of Dusty in Broadway’s version of Pure Country. And Tracy Lawrence, who I had the pleasure of seeing several times in concert, is also from Arkansas.
No. 7 did surprise me a little bit. I don’t know why, but when I think “country music” I don’t automatically think of Missouri. Sara Evans and Trent Tomlinson are are both from Missouri, and as Country Standard points out – Missouri is also the home of Branson, which has a lot of country music theaters.
West Virginia, who took the No. 6 spot, apparently holds claim to one of the largest country radio stations in the nation, WWVA, as well as being home to Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens and Kathy Mattea.
Ready for No. 5 – that would be Georgia. If this list had been done entirely based on how many country artists are from there … Georgia might have placed even higher. Georgia is home to Zack Brown Band, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood.
Kentucky came in at No. 4 – The first Kentuckian that comes to mind for me is Loretta Lynn. But that state also gave us Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, Bill Monroe, The Judds, Montgomery Gentry… and many others.
Tennessee came in at No. 2. I think there’s so much country in this state, and in addition to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Broadway, Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman – we have Dolly Parton, and Pigeon Forge has Dollywood. I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather live … But that brings us to No. 1.
And those honors go to Texas. How could they not! George Strait, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Miranda Lambert. So way to go Texas. You win. On, it wasn’t really a contest, but still, the No. 1 ranking goes to your state.
Thanks Country Standard Time, for a very interesting list. And now, for all of you – have a look at this. It’s Dwight Yoakam in 1993. Wow, look at all that hair!
Talk to you later – have a great Wednesday!