Whereas other magazines might give you
The Top 10 Lists of Great American Music, we've turned it up
1. great music towns
New York, New York
Because it's the Big Apple, and because it boasts more jazz
musicians and cabaret singers than anywhere else on earth.
Los Angeles, California
The capital of the music biz has a vibrant live-music scene for an
industry town, although venues, like the city itself, sprawl all
over the place.
San Francisco, California
Sophisticated, smart, and snobbily provincial, there isn't a more
scenic place to hear music than the City by the Bay, with plenty of
remnants of the colorful psychedelic scene birthed here in the '60s
to sift through.
With the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and Music Row, the
city known as Music City U.S.A. is rich in tradition, even though
its musical reach long ago extended beyond the realm of country
music. Souvenir shops, guided tours, and institutions such as the
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum provide plenty to see and do
by day, while clubs like the Bluebird Café offer plenty to do at
The Live Music Capital of the World claim is justified, with a club
for every musical taste, from cowboy to crunk.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The city cares about its music almost as much as it does about its
food. No city has its own sound like NOLA does, and it shows in the
rhythm and sway the entire population moves to. Even your cabbie
might have had a hit single back in the '50s.
Graceland and Sun Records are but two of the many musical landmarks