(Memphis & Nashville)
It was time for a road trip from Texas to Tennessee. The inspiration: our then 16 year old singer/songwriter son.
So we broke up the trip to Nashville by spending a couple of days in Memphis on the way. We visited Graceland, Elvis's home, and his extravagant private plane. The decor in both was tremendous, fabulous, tacky, and wonderful.
We also enjoyed Sun Studio, we learned the history of the most famous recording studio in the world.
Next, we waddled over to the Peabody Hotel to meet the Legendary Peabody Ducks.
We also visited the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
We ended our evening on the vibrant Beale Street, a plethora of night-time festive, music venues.
Our favorite city is Nashville, Music City. The Bluebird Café - www.bluebirdcafe.com - is a well-know music venue. Located in a modest, small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, this 90 seat building is humble in design; however, some of the most significant songwriters and artists have performed on this stage. You can expect acoustic music.
A typical night would be three or four songwriters on a stool in the center of the room, taking turns showcasing their songs and also playing back-up or harmony. (http://www.spiritmag.com/2008_06/features/ft3.php)
The Listening Room Cafe - www.listeningroomcafe.com is in Historic Franklin, TN. We got a chance to meet Chris Blair, owner and singer/songwriter himself who decided to open his own place. The night we chose, an unknown singer blew us away named, Kree Harrison. We spoke with her afterwards. Turns out she is from Woodville, Texas. A couple of years later, we saw her on American Idol. We also saw a newly formed group called Due West. They sang a touching song that fits perfectly with the sentiment of outsidethenest.
Check it out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BYT2z-ReRA
One of the best things we did was go to the Gibson guitar factory.
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