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Drove to Memphis to see Elvis's house. Driving to it, I recognized it immediately. The tour was great. The house is much smaller than you would expect. The property and grounds are beautiful.
We then went over to Beale St. And ate lunch at B.B. Kings. May go back tomorrow night for the live music.
We then drove around downtown. In 30 minutes we drove in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
When we got back we checked out another casino, Sam's Town. Just like ...
... that it did have the kitchen of Muddy Waters childhood home. ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons made a pilgrimage to find the four room shack, but literally the night before the place had been laid low by strong winds. Only the original slave cabin ,the original heart of the structure, serving then as Muddy's kitchen, survived. The kitchen was there in the museum. Billy used the wood he found at the cabin to fashion the famous Muddywood guitar. Also in the kitchen was a ...
... recording Muddy outside Rolling Fork in the 40s, the Chess days, the Rolling Stones discovery, their influences, Muddy's death. There is no outline of just how far the Delta style of blues branched out to touch Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, T-Bone Walker, and then British Blues, later still ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Hell, Jimi Hendrix barely rates a nod. I could go on, believe me, but the bottom line is this: Mississippi is regarded as a poor state. True, cost of living ...
... River is already meandering it's way through this part of America and there are some mahoosive ox bow lakes to bridge.
Arrived in Memphis about 3pm and took in the Civil Rights museum, see separate entry for this.
Headed to my hotel which is on Front Street and yes I have a view of the River......
Another bonus, I arrived to be told that they only had smoking rooms left, what a shame.
Had a great day, and no War in sight, just Civil Rights!!!
... and it's just overall a neat place in my mind with everyone trying to be friendly and have a good time.
With the exception that I didn't have good 'festival shoes', this has been an enjoyable layover, yet I'm ready to get back on the bus again! We're headed back to Greenwood for an overnight at the Alluvian Spa and a Viking Range Cooking School demonstration (Help movie themed menu)- and a down/organizing day after the festival craziness!