Farewell To Memphis And Memphians

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Elvis Statue – Downtown Memphis

This morning we leave Memphis – four days here on this my third visit to this music-history-drenched town alongside the Mississippi River.

This would have to be my most enjoyable stay here.  To go to Levitt Shell where Elvis first performed, to see the wonderful Black Lillies, to meet Wayne Jackson and to be invited back to his and Amy’s home and to hear The Word from Bishop Al Green are memories to be cherished.  Other highlights include the Peabody Ducks, buying some Lansky Brothers clothes, acquiring a nice ultrabook from nearby South Haven, purchasing the deluxe edition of Elvis at Stax from The Stax Museum itself and seeing The B.B. King All-Stars at B.B.’s Club.

Aside from the above, I would have to say that the live music scene on Beale was disappointing – it’s become more homogenized since my previous trip in 2009 and we did not have any stellar meals either.  The Civil Rights Museum is undergoing major renovations and is currently confined to the smaller building across the way from the Lorraine Motel.  We decided not to go in because it would not have the critical impact and flow of the original site.

Now off to Nashville via an interesting detour.

Author: Rob Dickens

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