5. West Virginia
Hollywood and the entertainment industry have painted over the years a rather unfortunate and unflattering image of West Virginia, and they fail to mention that what the state is best known for is their love and talent for playing the banjo. It’s such an important part of their culture, that they even hold annual banjo contests, much like New Mexico holds chile festivals.
Not many people know this, but West Virginia has a rich heritage of playing the banjo, as well as other musical instruments, and they are responsible for a great part of America’s musical culture. They celebrate with several music festivals throughout the year, all of which include playing the banjo.