My favorite things North Carolina

1. Jazz musician: Umm…should it be John Coltrane or Thelonious Monk?

2. Bluesman: Reverend Gary Davis remains underrated.  Try "Maple Leaf Rag" or "Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From?"  For country music — really just another form of blues — you have Earl Scruggs and Merle and Doc Watson.  George Clinton did funk.

3. Female singer-songwriter: Tori Amos, favorite album Little Earthquakes.  Her most underrated album is Strange Little Girls.  Nina Simone is another good candidate, although she did mostly covers.

4. Movie, set in: I hate Bull Durham, so you will have to help me out here…Is part of Sherman’s March set in the state?

5. Writer: Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel.

6. Basketball playerYou-know-who was actually born in Brooklyn, so I say Meadowlark Lemon.

The bottom line: The state is strong on music, sports, and barbecue.