OK, since I've said I'm a CA girl and no one else is stepping up, I'll start it.
I grew up in Bakersfield, CA, sometimes called the Armpit of CA. That's because it sits about in the crook (if you look at the map). Or, it could be b/c it smells. Lots of dairies around that place. Bakersfield's roots are heavy in Country Western. Merle Haggard and Buck Owens are from there. Courtney music probably put it on the map. Agriculture is also heavy.