Music Has Six Degrees to Tennessee

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As part of the fall 2018 launch for the new Tennessee Music Pathways, six diverse artists held a historic concert in Memphis. “The Six Degrees to Tennessee Roots Jam” celebrated different musical genres and highlighted each artist’s connection to the state.

Rapper Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought and the lead vocalist and co-founder of the GRAMMY®-winning band The Roots, summed up the importance of that relationship. “All the influences that we grew up on, and my parents before me, the music we almost take for granted as the backdrop of our lives, so much of it came from Tennessee,” he told Rolling Stone.

From The Roots and Elle King to Dustin Lynch and The Isley Brothers, those personal connections inspired a fun, interactive way to discover the link between performers from across the globe and America’s most musical state. Six Degrees to Tennessee in partnership with Rolling Stone features an online resource connecting any musical artist back to Tennessee in six degrees or less – and usually, it’s much, much less. Lil Wayne, The Clash, The Beatles: two steps to Tennessee. Adele, Queen, Michael Jackson: three steps brings you right back here.

Think you can stump the site with an unlikely artist? Give it a whirl. Go online to and click on the Six Degrees link at the bottom of the page to trace the music you love to back to Tennessee.

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