Our last day in Memphis
Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
35Trip End Apr 13, 2014
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This morning we walked around downtown Memphis and took some pictures of the incredible architecture. Then we toured the Gibson guitar factory. Almost all of the manufacturing is hand done so we spent quite a bit of time just watching the craftsmen take these incredible guitars from the raw wood to the shaping, painting, finishing, and testing. Unfortunately we weren’t permitted to take photos. Altogether there are about 80 people completing 50 guitars every day. The guitars we saw in the retail store ranged in price from $199 to more than $5000. They are works of art.
Then it was time for lunch. We wanted to sample Tennessee barbecue before we left the state and a tour guide told us the best ribs were at the Blues City Café on Beale Street. So I read up on it and saw that the restaurant was featured on ‘A Taste of America’ and on the Bobby Flay Show. So off we went
We were stuffed. So we walked to our next activity, about 2 miles away. This was to the Sun Studio, where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, and so many others recorded their music. The history, the history. The recording studio and office is the same as it was in the 1950s, the apartment where Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison would stay for awhile is now the exhibit area. We listened to Elvis’ demo tape and some other recordings that were done in the studio. Greg and I stood in the same spot and held the same microphone that Elvis used.
We will be leaving Memphis tomorrow and we couldn’t leave without taking a few more pictures at Graceland. Oh my, we have Elvis fever!