PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — What type of music do you think of when you think of Rhode Island?

Rep. David Bennett has introduced a bill to make R&B (rhythm and blues) Rhode Island’s official music genre, at the request of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blue Preservation Society.

He said he believes the designation would unite people of all races, and it contains elements of pop, soul, funk, hip-hop, and electronic music.

If passed, R&B would be added to a list of Rhode Island state symbols:

  • Appetizer — Calamari
  • Bird — Rhode Island Red
  • Drink — Coffee Milk
  • Fish — Striped Bass
  • Flagship — SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
  • Flower — Violet
  • Fruit — Greening apple
  • Insect — American Burying Beetle
  • Shell — Quahaug
  • Tree — Red Maple
  • and more.