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United States
Memphis Music Tradition
Memphis Music Tradition (52)
Trip Date:2013-02-17 - 2013-02-22
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Countries visited:United States
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During a break from school (my wife and I are both high school teachers) we decided to travel through the state of Tennessee. Tennessee is a major center of American music, with both Nashville - home city of country music - and Memphis - home city (at least to a degree) of blues music.

We started in Nashville, and caught a few shows while also taking in the Country Music Hall of Fame. We stopped by Andrew Jackson's homestead The Hermitage as well; Jackson is among my least favorite US Presidents due to his actions against Native Americans in his lifetime, but he was a very influential and important figure in early US History. Of course we also stopped at the Tennessee State House to check that spot off my list.

Then we took a meandering route to Memphis, going down into the states of Alabama and Mississippi, where neither of us had ever been; we made a quick stop in Muscle Shoals, AL, a former recording mecca for various soul music labels, and another quick stop in Corinth, MS for their Civil War Museum. Then it was a quick drive north into Memphis.

In Memphis, we saw many different blues acts along Beale Street, the city's main music avenue; we also visited Sun Studios where Elvis Presley and many others began their careers, and Graceland, Elvis' mansion on the outskirts of the city. Sadly the permanent exhibit at the Civil Rights Museum was closed, but we were able to see the spot where Martin Luther King was shot and killed, on the balcony of the former Lorraine Motel.

A short day trip took us our to Little Rock Arkansas as well - home of the Bill Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock Central High, and the Arkansas State Capitol.