Weekend in Memphis

Ready for a spring or fall getaway? 

Blues traveling : the holy sites of Delta blues
Steve Cheseborough.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2009.
At a crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the Devil so that he could become a guitar virtuoso and King of the Delta Blues.Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues will tell you where that legendary deal was supposed to have been made and guide you to all the other hallowed grounds that nourished Mississippi's signature music.Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, Little Milton, Elvis Presley, Bobby Rush, Junior Kimbrough, R. L. Burnside-the list of great artists with Mississippi connections goes on and on.A trip through Mississippi blues sites is a pilgrimage every music lover ought to make at least once in a lifetime, to see the juke joints and churches, to visit the birthplaces and graves of blues greats, to walk down the dusty roads and over the levee, to eat some barbecue and greens, to sit on the bank of the Mississippi River, and to hear some down-home blues music.Blues Traveling is the first and only guidebook to Mississippi's musical places and blues history. With photographs, maps, easy-to-follow directions, and an informative, entertaining text, this book will lead you in and out of Clarksdale, Greenwood, Helena (Arkansas), Rolling Fork, Jackson, Natchez, Bentonia, Rosedale, Itta Bena, and dozens of other locales that generations of blues musicians have lived in, traveled through, and sung about. Stories, legends, and lyrics are woven into the text so that each backroad and barroom comes alive.Touring Mississippi with Blues Traveling is like having a knowledgeable and entertaining guide at your side. Even people with no immediate plans to visit Mississippi will enjoy reading the book for its photos, descriptions, and lore that will broaden their understanding and enhance their appreciation of the blues.Steve Cheseborough is an independent scholar and blues musician. His work has been published in Living Blues, Blues Access, Mississippi, and the Southern Register.
The blues highway : New Orleans to Chicago : a travel and music guide
Richard Knight ; co-researched with Emma Longhurst.
Hindhead, Surrey, UK : Trailblazer Publications, c2003.
The Blues Highway is a classic road trip through the cradle of musical innovation in America. This definitive travel and music guide follows Highway 61 and the Mississippi River to explore the roots of jazz, blues, Cajun, zydeco, country, gospel, soul and rock & roll music Book jacket.
Memphis, an architectural guide
Eugene J. Johnson and Robert D. Russell, Jr. ; maps by Thomas Nathan.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1990.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-375) and index.

Consider a long weekend in Memphis, Tennessee.  Just 300 miles south of St. Louis, this ‘other’ city on the Mississippi River keeps visitors busy from early morning into the wee hours of the night.

Always a city well-known for its varied musical attractions and its marching Peabody ducks, today’s Memphis invites visitors to new experiences at its riverfront, museums, and festivals. 

Want to climb a 32-story Pyramid, visit a museum chronicling civil rights, or attend the Beale Street Labor Day Festival?  Memphis is the place. 

Or want to get off the beaten path and find a guitar factory, Redbirds AAA baseball game, or the Pink Palace?  Again, Memphis is the place.

Pink Palace in Memphis, TN

No visit to Memphis is complete without tasting the many flavors and foods offered at its restaurants.  Experience ribs done ‘dry or wet’, but leave plenty of room for an Elvis banana and peanut sandwich, deep-fried burgers, the best in southern cooking, or a five-star French meal.  Maybe there will be time for all of them.

Staying in Memphis offers many choices.  Elegant hotels, family motels, historic bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds are found throughout the City.  How about a night at the B&B in a Castle, the Heartbreak Hotel, or Elvis Presley Boulevard RV Park?

Memphis has something for everyone.  Start planning your getaway today.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff