It's no surprise that music is one of the most integral elements of the United States. You see and hear it everywhere. You even see it's influence in other countries, where many radio stations play American songs on their radio stations. Much of this musical influence has been a result of different genre's birth in metros around the U.S. The following is a list of the best music cities in America.
Call it a one-trick pony, but Nashville's music has nonetheless helped shape music in America. The list of legendary singers that have recorded songs on Studio Row is long, featuring the likes of country greats like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton, but has also included many contemporary musicians like U2 and Fleetwood Mac. To this day, music remains the heart of Nashville, as you can hear music blaring from restaurants, bars and clubs every night of the week, everything from Irish jigs to country to rock.
On the other end of Tennessee is Nashville's contemporary, Memphis, which has made a name for itself because of its blues influence. Beale Street is to music in Memphis as Studio Row is to music in Nashville. Blues music continues to have a strong influence in the city with its many blues clubs that are hopping many nights of the week. The Beale Street Music Festival, held in the spring, is one of the largest music festivals in the U.S., bringing national musicians and visitors from around the country to Memphis.
The history and origin of music in Detroit goes back to a small house in the Motor City, which today is home to Hitsville and the Motown Museum. Music greats like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder got their start in the little studio that was found on the bottom floor of what today is the Motown Museum. Although a wide-variety of music has now infiltrated Detroit bars and clubs, you'll still hear a lot of the Motown sounds at certain nightclubs in and around downtown.
If there is anything that Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill has taught us about the city of New Orleans, it's that it is a very resilient city and one which music still remains an important part of who they are. Any night of the week you'll see musicans even on the street corners playing jazz music, not to mention many of the clubs and bars that feature jazz musicians. Jazz music continues to be such an integral part of the culture and entertainment of New Orleans.
To the music community, Austin has contributed the longest running music show on television in Austin City Limits. Beginning in 1976, the show is taped live on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, featuring a wide-range of musicians. A rich history of country music, you'll still find influences of this at saloons and bars, but the city has grown to include many other styles of music, such as alternative, rock and folk music, that you'll find at bars, music halls and clubs in downtown Austin.