Music Representative For Each NFL City

By on August 8, 2014
By Tamla (Billboard, page 1, 27 April 1974) via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Tamla (Billboard, page 1, 27 April 1974) via Wikimedia Commons

With the NFL preseason underway, I began to think about how each city in the football league has a certain quality to it. Some are known more for positive qualities, while others have not so positive qualities that they are known for presently. But I didn’t have a large grasp on the music talent that came from these NFL cities.

I decided that I would create a list for the perfect music representative for each NFL city. The person/band must have some sort of relationship with the city: either they have to have been formed there (if a band), been born in that city or spent their childhood/teenage years in that city. If you do not believe that the music act selected properly represents a city, please let me know in the comments and why you believe your pick would be a better choice.

For a few NFL cities, I may expand to nearby cities or use the metropolitan area for an artist, and I am using the city where the stadium is located, not the city the team says it is from. If the city where the team is located does not turn up any results (East Rutherford, New Jersey, for instance), then I will expand the area as well. It is quite interesting to see cities that are oozing with music history and talent, while others just have a handful of notable artists, if any.

Arizona Cardinals (Glendale): Jordin Sparks

Sparks was essentially the only choice for the Arizona (Glendale) Cardinals. I could’ve expanded to Phoenix since it is only nine miles away, but Glendale offered up the former American Idol winner, so I took that offer.

Atlanta Falcons: Outkast (André 3000 & Big Boi)


This was an absolute struggle to select an artist with Atlanta’s rich history with hip-hop, R&B and soul music. Do I go with the ever-popular 2 Chainz? What about Childish Gambino and his rising popularity? I should at least give the talented Janelle Monae a shout-out as well. Can’t forget Yung Joc either.

Outkast is the safest bet as the music act to represent Atlanta and I’m sure many would agree with me. T.I., Ludacris and Lil Jon would have been safe selections as well.

Baltimore Ravens: Frank Zappa

Not difficult at all to select Frank Zappa here. There’s not even a musician from, or that grew up, in Baltimore that is a viable competitor to Zappa.

Buffalo Bills: moe.

If you haven’t heard of moe., I accept your apology for you being late to the party. Give this tune of theirs a listen.

Other choices could have been Brian McKnight, Rick James or some Christian band named Cannibal Corpse.

Carolina Panthers (Charlotte): Earl Wentz

The pickings were slim here for Charlotte. Adam Lazzara from Taking Back Sunday lives in Charlotte currently, but wasn’t born or raised there. That’s the case for a few other musicians that reside in the Charlotte area.

So let’s honor the late Earl Wentz, a wonderful pianist and extraordinary composer that was a treasure in the music world.

Chicago Bears: Nat King Cole

This may not be the selection you were thinking of if you’re from Chicago, but I think Nat King Cole fills in nicely as a musical representative.

Cincinnati Bengals: Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins has a song about the Bengals. How could I not select him? (Sorry, Nick Lachey!)

Cleveland Browns: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

I really wanted to put Trent Reznor, but felt it would be disingenuous to put a non-Cleveland musician (Reznor started his music career in Cleveland, so he has a relationship with the city). Wonder if Johnny Manziel has hung out with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony yet…

Dallas Cowboys (Arlington): Stevie Ray Vaughn

Arlington, unfortunately, did not turn up any feasible music acts. I decided to turn to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro-area, which was teeming with music acts.

Stevie Ray Vaughn ultimately became the best option. Others to be considered were Boz Scaggs, Meat Loaf, Usher and Steve Miller.

Denver Broncos: John Denver Paul Quinichette

The Denver metro area has roughly 2.6 million residents, but, man, the lack of quality musicians is staggering. Luckily for Denver, Paul Quinichette, known as Vice Prez, was born in Denver in 1916.

Quinichette was famous for his jazz tenor saxophone skill.

Detroit Lions: Eminem

Photo Credit: Sabine Fricke; Unknown artist for graffiti.

Photo Credit: Sabine Fricke; Unknown artist for graffiti.

Detroit has a solid history of music (blues, jazz, soul, hip-hop and rock), but this was a no brainer.

Green Bay Packers: Violent Femmes

Sorry, Green Bay, but I’m going to head down south to Milwaukee to find you a music representative. If anyone knows of a famous/quality musician that is from Green Bay, please comment below.

Violent Femmes weren’t necessarily the most obvious choice for Green Bay/Milwaukee, but they’re suitable enough.

Houston Texans: Johnny Nash

Should superstar Beyoncé represent Houston? What about Haylie or Hilary Duff?

How about ZZ Top? Hell, I could go really low and give it to Tila Tequilla…but Houston deserves much better than that.

Instead, Houston should be represented by American pop-singer, songwriter Johnny Nash. Nash is known for the song “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Indianapolis Colts: Lily & Madeleine

Though not well-known yet, Lily & Madeleine are an exceptionally talented acoustic duo that hail from Indianapolis. And when you think of the type of music residents of Indianapolis listen to, you think of white people playing acoustic instruments.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Allman Brothers

It was really difficult to decide between the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the Allman Brothers just edge out Skynyrd. There was a less-appealing, third option: Limp Bizkit.

Kansas City Chiefs: Chely Wright

I figured a country musician would be appropriate for a Midwest City like Kansas City. Other options were Walter Brown and Jay McShann.

Miami Dolphins: Steve Aoki

EDM has become more than just a niche music scene. It has exploded over the past few years and become accepted by the mainstream – for better or worse.

Miami may not be where EDM originated, but it definitely flourishes in Miami.

Minnesota Vikings (Minneapolis): Prince

Pretty easy selection here. “Game, blouses.”

New England Patriots (Foxborough/Boston): Bobby Brown

Unless you haven’t realized, New England isn’t a city that the Patriots play in, but rather it plays and represents the New England region. So technically, I could pick from any of the New England states, but instead I’ll just make a selection from Boston (Foxborough itself (where the stadium is located) didn’t offer up any options).

I think Bobby Brown does a superb job of representing New England! It was him or Rob Zombie.

New Orleans Saints: Too much history to select just one.

There are other cities that have extensive music histories, but New Orleans’ music history is just something else entirely. I genuinely couldn’t bring myself to pick a sole representative of New Orleans. Feel free to voice your opinion below, however.

New York Giants (East Rutherford, New Jersey): The Lumineers


Technically in New Jersey, so I can escape the overwhelming amount of musicians from New York City. Call it a cop out, I call it being technically right – the best kind of right.

East Rutherford is a borough of Bergen County, so Bergen County will be used as the source area because East Rutherford has zero residents that are, or were, famous musicians.

New York Jets (East Rutherford, New Jersey): Karen O. (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs)

See above.

San Antonio Oakland Raiders: Tupac Shakur

Another obvious choice. Oakland also could have been represented by Billie Joe Armstrong, Kreayshawn (she reminds me of a typical Raiders fan…), Del tha Funkee Homosapien or MC Hammer.

Philadelphia Eagles: Will Smith

How great is it that Philadelphia, a city known for its churlish fanbase, would be represented by a guy that does “clean” raps? BIG WILLIE STYLE!

Pittsburgh Steelers: RZA

Wiz Khalifa wasn’t selected because he’s not actually from Pittsburgh and RZA is a better representative as he has a better body of work.

San Diego Chargers: Tom DeLonge (Blink-182)

Other than DeLonge, Gary Jules would have fit in well as the representative.

San Francisco 49ers (Santa Clara, California): Jefferson Airplane The Doobie Brothers

I made a mistake earlier assuming the 49ers still played in San Francisco Bay Area, but the 49ers will actually be in Santa Clara this coming season and for much of the foreseeable future. Still, Tim Lincecum is probably just as happy about The Doobie Brothers as he would be with Jefferson Airplane.

Seattle Seahawks: Pearl Jam

Other options: Soundgarden, Heart and Alice in Chains, among many others.

St. Louis Rams: Chuck Berry

St. Louis, the epicenter of Midwest hip-hop/rap, had a quality crop of musicians to select from, but Chuck Berry is head and shoulders above the other St. Louis musicians.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stephen Arthur Stills (Buffalo Springfield)

Tampa doesn’t have much music history, so I’m not surprised by the lack of overall talent. However, Stephen Arthur Stills is a solid representative for a city seriously lacking any music history. Though the Stills selection may be questionable since Stills only spent a few years in Tampa, Florida.

Tennessee Titans (Nashville): Johnny Cash

Another city with a rich music history. Johnny Cash still reigns supreme when looking through the other musicians.  Miley Cyrus could have been a viable option as well.

Washington, D.C. ‘Skins (Landover, Maryland): Marvin Gaye

Though the Skins play in Landover, Maryland, Landover doesn’t have much of a music scene, so back to Washington, D.C.

Marvin Gaye will suffice.


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