Saturday, January 3, 2015

48 Hours in Memphis Part II

Our second day in Memphis was jam filled with some very cool stuff.  First stop, Sun Studio.  

Before the Sun label was born, the Memphis Recording Service recorded, among others, Ike Turner's Rocket 88, considered the first rock-n'roll song, and BB King.  Then came the label and Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.  

After Sun Studio, we headed over to the Bar-B-Q Shop, home of the dancing pigs, for some bbq pork.   This did not disappoint. It was probably Glenn's favorite meal in Memphis.

Then back downtown to take the Gibson factory tour. The factory wasn't operating when we were there, but we got a very good run through of the operation. I will admit, the smell of sawdust and seeing all the guitars being crafted really reminded me of my dad.  I think it was something he would have gotten a big kick out of.  We spent quite a bit of time in the shop afterward looking at the guitars. The Gibson's were a bit steep, but there were some nice Epiphones ... we came very close to coming home with one.

Our final stop for the day was the National Civil Rights Museum. I have one word for you - Go. And give yourself lots of time.  It's well curated and really builds a powerful story of the fight of African Americans for equality.  I think they should ship every 12-year old in the country here.  Really, you need to go.

As a side note, we learned at our visit to Stax that the coffee shop at the Lorraine was one of the few places in town the musicians could go to hang out, since nowhere else would serve both whites and blacks.   

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