‘Music-Map’: The Site that Builds Family Trees for Rock Stars

by Peter Wendel
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Music-Map bills itself as “The Tourist Map of Music,” giving users (or tourists) the DNA strands – or the family tree, if you prefer – of any artist or band you plug in.

For example, when you type in “The Allman Brothers Band,” this is the map that pops up. You can see all the members of the Allman Brothers “family,” from Widespread Panic to Little Feat (click on image to enlarge).

Pretty cool stuff! I should also note that each “family member” within an artist’s tree is linked to its own tree. So be careful in there, you can travel a long way with these music maps.

Although the site builds fairly comprehensive maps, I have noticed notable omissions in some cases. For example, when you type in Neil Young, it creates a map (click to enlarge) without Buffalo Springfield on it.

That’s a major omission. In addition to Young, Buffalo Springfield included Steven Stills and Richie Furay, among others. I’ve found other omissions, but I’m not here to nitpick.

At the very least, Music-Map is a fun and educational resource to help us “music tourists” connect the dots between artists. It can help you find bands you may have never heard, but are in the same family tree as some of your old favorites. It’s a quick simple way to find new music to enjoy.

Try Music-Map for yourself right here

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.