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The State of Rock N Roll.


Many bands and musicians are extremely proud of their roots, especially when they’re on tour and about to stop by for a date in their home state. Here’s a look at some of the most notable bands and musicians from every state, and hey, if we’ve missed anyone, let us know.



Alabama is not only their namesakes biggest musical export, but they are also one of the most successful bands of all time, selling over 73 million records and winning seven multiplatinum albums plus two Grammys. Another huge stat is the fact that the band sold more records during the ’80s than any other band that decade. Not just a band that sold huge amounts of albums, Alabama was also one of the main reasons country music has become so popular in the mainstream market.


Tommy Shaw:

Tommy Shaw is the guitarist, singer, songwriter best known for his work with Styx and Damn Yankees. Styx went on to sell over 8 million albums worldwide.


Hank Williams:

Hiram King “Hank” Williams, Sr. is regarded as one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century. Williams recorded 35 Top 10 singles that charted on the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that peaked at number one.



Portugal. The Man:

Portugal. The Man hit the headlines when their debut album, “Waiter: You Vultures!” dropped in 2006 and were out on their first headlining tour the very next year. The rockers went on to released three more albums — that included their breakout effort “The Satanic Satanist.” The band went on to sign with heavyweights Atlantic Records in 2009 and in 2013 they enlisted Danger Mouse, (known for working with artists like Beck and The Black Keys), to produce the album” Evil Friends.”


Lincoln Brewster:

 Lincoln Brewster is a contemporary Christian musician as well as a pastor. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Brewster became a very sought-after session guitarist during the early 90s. As of now, Brewster is the senior worship pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California.


Joshua Jacob Morrow:

Joshua Jacob Morrow is an American actor and former pop singer who plays the role of Nicholas Newman on The Young and the Restless.



Alice Cooper:

The biggest shock-rock band of the ’70s, Alice Cooper broke out as a gender-bending rocker with serious onstage theatrics. As in those days, even now you can expect performances to include Cooper’s faux-beheading via the guillotine. As well as the onstage madness, Cooper had a string of hits that included “School’s Out” and “Be My Lover.” Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.


Chester Bennington:

Chester Bennington was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots and Dead by Sunrise. Linkin Park went on to sell a huge 68 million albums + 30 million singles.


Michelle Branch:

Michelle Branch is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. She came to the public’s attention during the early 2000s when she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. Branch also went on to win a Grammy with Santana for the song “The Game of Love.”




Don’t let the goth-metal style that now defines Evanescence fool you, the band actually started as a Christian rock band. In fact, their 2003 debut album, “Fallen,” which produced their two hits “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal” won the band two Grammys. The album was released during the bands religious days and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Christian chart. This Christian path for the band ended though following a highly charged article in Entertainment Weekly.  The band’s founders Amy Lee and Ben Moody renounced their affiliation with Christian music, this turned off many of their Christian fans and Evanescence turned toward a more secular fan base.


Johnny Cash:

Johnny Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered as one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although he started life as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound eventually embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel.


Glen Campbell:

Glen Campbell was a country music singer, guitarist, television host, and occasional actor. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. The number of albums and singles he sold and still sells to this day are staggering. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums, and 1 Double-Platinum album. He has placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, and/or the Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the Top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts.


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