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... was pretty amazing, Nobody I ever heard of, but incredibly accomplished musicians. One of the performers was Charlie McCoy. Never heard harmonica playing like it. He was even playing two harmonicas at once at one point.
The next day we headed to Monell's, quite possibly the best meal ever. Everything was delicious. We both had a bit of everything, all brought to the big dining table for sharing. ...
... which was really interesting. Got to listen to some exclusive tracks including a session that Sam Phillips secretly recorded of the The Million Dollar Quartet one night. The recording studio still has a lot of original features including one of Elvis' microphones and jerry lee Lewis' piano. We then went to the Peabody hotel in time to watch the duck march! It's a Memphis tradition dating back to ...
... street to listen to the music and do a bit of sight seeing, this place is sort of like a blues version of old vegas with less flashing lights but the same party feel. One thing that is a vast difference to Nashville is the big police presence, they are at every entrance to the Beale Street area and as the night gets later they are checking ID's and bags as well as doing body scans. After a while We go back to the motel to rest up before our big day at Graceland ...
... a huge shift in public thinking to bring it back to a common area. Beale street is a place where local musicians and tourists can enjoy the common good of music, but its also incredibly tacky. The overall population of Memphis is about 700,000 but it felt way less busy and connected as Wellington, for example.
... but seeing this exhibit changed my understanding. You see the jumpsuits up close and he was very slim to fit into them and the footage of his sometimes three hour shows show how fit and agile he was and what an amazing performer he was.
Next the mansion, Graceland itself. We had VIP passes so we didn't have to line up with the plebs and had our own air conditioned bus to take us across the road and through a back entrance. There was only about 6 of us in ...
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