There was something different about Memphis. The moment you pulled up in the city you could feel it in the air, it was a city full of music and soul. I had no idea what to expect from Memphis as I hadn’t any friends who had travelled there nor was I yet to send one of my customers so I knew it was going to be a completely new and exciting experience for me. Did you know: Memphis is home to many famous names such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Morgan Freeman?
The streets themselves are bright and colourful, with some of the most amazing street art pieces I have come across. They are murals depicting the artists who once walked the streets or played gigs at the Levitt Shell, an open air auditorium where the greats like Elvis once graced the stage; or they were just colourful images that show the personality of the city, alongside it’s love for Rock and Soul music. During the day, the city has a very relaxed feel but when the sun goes down it’s a different story. The main street, Beale Street, comes to life with people wandering around and getting into the fun of music and dancing. Even if you aren’t out to drink, there is nothing stopping you from joining the party. Each venue has live performers singing and getting the crowds of people involved and it is a feeling that you won’t want to miss. Out on the streets they will have live shows from their notorious Memphis flippers, a show where a person would run and somersault jump over a line of people. It’s a really great way to bring the crown together build up an exciting atmosphere that people can get involved in.
Elvis has left the building.
Apart from Beale street that has it obvious appeal to most, I found that the heart and soul of Memphis belonged to Graceland, the home where Elvis Presley lived. His house was so… intriguing excusing the lack of a better word. He had such a uniqueness that cannot be replicated or recreated. Every room I walked through felt like I was in a completely new house as they were all decorated in a completely different style. It was amazing to me that even though he died some 40 years ago, the house and its contents were maintained the same from the moment the King left this world. Graceland was such an amazing experience, being able to have the opportunity to walk through the home of one of the most incredible rock artists of all time was a moment that I will never forget. I was treated to many amazing musical experiences like heading to Sun Studios and standing in the same room where Johnny Cash and Elvis once recorded one of their greatest hits. Hearing about their journeys and being surrounded by the images of the artists really takes your mind back to imagine what those moments would have felt like and how they shaped the music scene.
Each place that I visited to learn about the artists and the way music was shaped in this incredible city sparked my curiosity and I found myself mesmerised. Without having a love for the music or really understanding it’s history and importance, I was surprised to find that Memphis got under my skin with it’s Rock and Roll attitude.
Where to stay: The Holiday Inn
Where to play: Graceland, Rock and Soul Museum, Gibson Museum, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Back Streets Bus Tour, Sun Studio.
Where to eat: Blues City Cafe, Gus’s Fried Chicken
Fun Add on: Peabody Ducks
‘Take only memories, leave only footsteps’