Whether you’re into blues, soul or rock’n’roll, Memphis is a must-see destination.
Even if you’re not an Elvis fan, how can you not be intrigued by the myth and the even more amazing reality of America’s uncontested all-time number one superstar? Though he was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis moved to Memphis in his early teens, and the city remembers him fondly. You can visit Sun Studios, where he made his first recordings (not forgetting other rock’n’roll and country greats who recorded there, like Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins).
Of course Elvis is just one piece of Memphis’s amazing musical legacy. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a tribute not just to Stax recording artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and the Staple Singers, but to a whole galaxy of soul stars.
We’re heading for the river today, stopping in at the National Civil Rights Museum and/or the Center for Southern Folklore on the way.