One of the very good things about summer is hitting the road and seeing new things. My wife, her dad and I did that very thing. We took a music tour of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and Nashville. A good time was had by all.
We arrived in the late afternoon.
I tend not to use these things.
Graceland was the home of Elvis Presley. It has been maintained as a museum where people pay a minimum of $38 to be handed an iPad with headphones. Bring back the tour guides.
This image was made from Elvis's personal security camera.
The collection of Elvis related stuff is pretty staggering. This one amused me.
I realize the designers of the movie poster couldn't put a mask and regulator on Elvis.
Our tour guide at Sun Studio was very good. Even though the studio itself is pretty small, there is a lot of history and good "juju" in the place. The taped "X" spot is where Elvis stood to record his first song in the studio. Sun Studio is considered the birthplace of Rock and Roll.
This was in the front office of the recording studio
Part of the Exhibit about James Meredith. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, after the intervention of the federal government, an event that was a flashpoint in the Civil Rights Movement. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.
The Father of the Blues earned that title in 1912 by writing and publishing the first commercially successful blues song, “Memphis Blues.” In 1914, he made his fame — and fortune — writing and publishing “The St. Louis Blues”, which, in the days before hit records, became a million-selling sheet music phenomenon.
This sign is true.
This is where the "smoking lounge" is at Fame Studios. It's always interesting to consider who has sat there between takes and what music was created during these breaks.
The New York Times wrote about the history of Jack Daniels being taught how to make whiskey from a slave. There is the idea that the African American man in this photo, seated to the right of Jack Daniels, was the son of the slave Nearis Green, who is purported to have taught the young Jack everything he knew about making whiskey
Carl Perkins, famous guitar player and writer of Blue Suede Shoes is a member of The Country Music Hall Of Fame.
This Gibson F5 is a national treasure considering the amount of American Music that has been made with it. Bill Monroe is a Bluegrass giant.
These are the handwritten lyrics to Dolly Parton's famous song "Jolene"