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MIN-MIL Musical Preview: Here, There, and Everywhere

Best I can reckon, over the course of this season CHers have swapped musical faves for 40 American states and California. That leaves nine states unaccounted for, and since the Wolves have just a handful of games left to play I want to make sure we cover them all. As you might suspect, these are places that no NBA team calls home, are among the lesser populated regions of the USA, and consequently may not be musical powerhouses. But fantastic tunes come from everywhere.

In no particular order:

Hawaii.

The island state actually does have a sound all its own, easily recognizable for its use of ukulele, slack key guitar, and steel guitar. Like any style, it can range from cheesy to sublime. The clip below is not the greatest thing you will ever hear, but it reminds me of one of my best job assignments: going to Hawaii to produce a show where we took most of the Brady Bunch cast back to Oahu to reminisce about the memorable episode they shot there. Here's a clip from their original trip

Alaska.

You're expecting Jewel, right? How about Anchorage's Kate Earl instead

New Mexico.

Norman Petty Studios in Clovis had a big impact one early rock and roll, as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison recorded some seminal music there.

Nebraska.

Not coming up with much I love from NE, so I'll go with an obvious choice about NE.

Delaware.

I could only think of one musician from DE.

Rhode Island.

Great jazz and folk festival heritage in Newport. And RISD is the where three of the Talking Heads met (David, Chris and Tina)


Vermont.

I'm agnostic on Phish. How about taking the Wayback Machine to the days of megaphone singing sensation Rudy Vallee?

Maine.

Rudy Vallee was born in VT, but grew up in ME, so I'll let the last video suffice.

New Hampshire.

Folkie Bill Staines is from MA, but lives in NH. Here's a fine cover of one of his songs

Can you find even better stuff from these nine states? I'm betting you can.

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