Official State Blues Artist of Massachusetts
Taj Mahal was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst during the early 1960's. He is a vocalist, a composer, and plays multiple instruments (guitar, harmonica, and banjo). He performs country blues, reggae, jazz, rhythm and blues, ragtime and folk music .
Several other individuals are recognized as official symbols of Massachusetts: Ben Franklin (state inventor), Dr. Seuss (state children's author), Deborah Samson Gannett (state heroine), Johnny Appleseed (state folk hero), and Norman Rockwell (state artist).