Cuz I'm Walkin' in Memphis...
Trip Start May 29, 2007
16Trip End Jul 02, 2007
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After the six-hour drive from New Orleans, me and Dan "Walked in Memphis" last night with two feet off of Beale Street. You can feel the soulful ghosts of Elvis and Johnny Cash everywhere you go.
The downtown area is where the action happens and, even on a Monday, Beale Street was bouncing like B.B King on uppers. We hit this down and dirty joint called The Pig and had ourselves some pulled pork sandwiches, cold slaw, and baked beans.
After that we walked over to Handy Park where we sat next to the W.C. Handy statue and listened to some mean mofos croon about how their woman stole their whiskey.
Hit Sun Studios today where a young Elvis stumbled upon in 1954 and said he wanted to cut an album for his mama. The rest is rock 'n roll history.
We went over to Graceland but we were too cheap to pay the $28 admission fee. Plus, we briefly snuck onto his private plane The Lisa Marie and got to gyrate our hips in the gift shops.
Tonight we are going to an infamous BBQ ribs joint named Rendezvous and hitting a Memphis Redbirds game in Autozone Park. They are the minor league team for the St. Louis Cardinals.
We'll top the evening off with a few Huge Ass Beers - that is seriously what they call them - and hit the rooftop of The Peabody Hotel where you can catch a scenic glimpse of the entire city.
According to Billboard magazine, Memphis is the city referenced the most in music. I can't stop thinking of Marc Cohen's song, Al Green and the gritty Sundance movie about the pimp-turned-musician "Hustle & Flow". Terrence Howard, who plays the dirty rascal hooker hustler, always greets potential johns with the phrase: "What's happening wit cha, mang?"
I keep saying it to peeps on the street but I don't think my Hingham ass can pull it off.
After checking out the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil RIghts Museum tomorrow we are heading up to where we are connecting with my sister Liz, before heading to Bonnaroo.
Until then, we remain:
hot, humble, and ready to rumble.
-Jazzy Josh & Disco Dan