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... as young as seven know who Merle Travis, Jimmy Driftwood, Grandpa Jones and Jimmie Rodgers are and can probably teach you a few of their signature songs and licks. So as we drove away from ground zero for American folk music we began to comprehend how valuable our brief visit had been. I found my hand, flat pick between thumb and index finger, raising involuntary towards the sky in a benediction. We had seen where American folk music had been made, what it had come to and where it was ...
... brilliant. There was certainly a poignant moment when a video was showing of people singing for equality in a church in the 1950s. An elderly woman was humming and quietly singing along to the words as she was walking around. Don't think she even realised she was doing it but it made us realise she would have probably been in her teens at the time and remembered the period ...
... breaks which came at stops about every 2 hours. She proceeded to tell me about her life and how she has a 17 old child in New Orleans that lives with her mum, whom she doesn't get on with, because she had been in and out of prison. She can't get work , loves to travel, has no money, is a free spirit....blah blah blah. I clutched my backback close to me and willed the train closer to Memphis. Someone must have been listening to me as we arrived into Memphis at 9.40pm, some ...
... least she got something out of
We were taken around the tour by a hugely enthusiastic and loud girl called Rae,
who shouted "Y'ALL" a lot and did rock on/devil horn hand signs so often it was
like a tic. The first part of it consisted of a museum room, with cabinets
around the wall containing photos and knickknacks of the musicians who had
helped to launch Sun Studios - Elvis, Jonny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl
... outlived her grandson (Elvis), his twin brother (stillborn), her own son and her daughter-in-law. Elvis’ mother died in her early 40s .
Now I am sitting in the van typing this up (without wi fi which hopefully will be available tonight). It is absolutely pouring outside, although still very humid. Tonight we end up in Nashville, the home of country music and apparently we are going line dancing – yee ...
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