By Matt Wake for AL.com . . .
There are huge bands and timeless songs named after Alabama. The state has produced some undeniable giants of American music and the Muscle Shoals area is a sonic Mecca just by itself. But are there legitimately enough great musicians from Alabama to have one representing each of the state’s 67 counties? It took some digging and openness to genres beyond pop, rock, and country, but the answer is yes. Besides inherent musical considerations there were some parameters for our list: Each person had to have been born in that county or lived there at some point growing up, etc.; and if a person was born in one county and raised in another, that person could be a contender in either county. Below are AL.com’s picks for “the greatest musician from every Alabama county.” You’re welcome to disagree with these picks and let us know in the comments section which musician(s) you’d have chosen instead. However, it’s difficult to dispute Alabama’s rich musical history.