Talking about the National Civil Rights Museum reminded me of my trip to Nashville and Memphis. It was a whirlwind trip of music, classic cars and barbeque and it seemed like everything I did was my favorite thing.
But truly, one of the highlights was the day at Sun Studio in Memphis. Sun Studio is a landmark in Memphis and in music. Known as the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll,” Sun is like a time capsule where you can stand at the microphone Elvis used and where the voices of music legends echo through the halls.
This is where the Million Dollar Quartet spent a December day in 1956 just playing around and where someone was smart enough to record portions of the music created that day by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Howlin’ Wolf and BB King recorded here too along with a host of others.
It’s a guided tour and it was packed the day we were there. It seems like the tour lasted about an hour and they give everyone time to step up to the Elvis mic. Some people have their picture taken kissing the microphone. I did not. Ick! The germs!
If you go, they recommend getting there about twenty minutes before your desired tour. They sell some light snacks and ice cream plus they have t-shirts, music and other souvenirs. Admission is $14 for adults and, if you’re into that kind of thing, it’s worth every dollar. Want to plan a visit to Sun Studio? Click here.
One of these days I’ll tell you more about this trip and some of the other fun things you can do in Memphis.
I hope I can do some Nashville and Memphis tours while I’m here in Arkansas taking care of my Mom. I’d really love to see all those places. I’ve only been to Memphis a few times for the sole purpose of going to the airport so the only thing I’ve seen is Graceland, which I’ve driven by twice but haven’t actually visited. LOL I’d love to go to Memphis and just eat my way around the city. Looking forward to more of your pictures and stories.
Memphis is fabulous. History! Food! Music! So much fun. You can tour the Gibson Guitar factory and there’s music coming from every building, alley and park you pass. That’s without mentioning the bbq and mac and cheese. 🙂 I’ll dig through my pictures and tell a few more of these stories in the coming weeks.