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TRAVELLER - Memphis

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Suzanne Webb, host, TRAVELLER, a new show that blends music and travel
First episode: Wednesday, February 13, 10pm-Midnight (see KVMR listen tab/archive)
First destination: Memphis TN

Travelling is an expanding experience, but it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. A little bit of forethought, organization and self-reflection can help alleviate some of that.  This information should help in your trip-planning:

Memphis Map & Tourist Guide
82 pages of resources from calendars of events, performers, hotel listings, transportation, restaurants, sites, etc. Downloadable in digital format with hundreds of links for more information. It’s printable, and you can also have one mailed to you.

Steve Cagle, Tennessee native and host of Blues Spectrum on KVMR, recommends the following clubs:
Rum Boogie Café
Blues Hall Juke Joint (adjoined to Rum Boogie Café)
BB King’s Blues Club
Blues City Café

A taste of Memphis:
Alcenia’s Southern Style Cuisine (owner Ms. B J was interviewed on show)
Corky’s BBQ
Rendezvous since 1948
Gus’s Fried Chicken

Museums, Sites:
National Civil Rights Museum and I Am A Man Monument
Sun Studio
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, a photojournalist’s display of Civil Rights photography
Center for Southern Folklore, history and items for sale
W C Handy Museum
Graceland

Outdoor activities:
Shelby Farms Park (free yoga, 4500 acre rails-to-trails, bike-share, 10+ miles)

Fast facts about Memphis:
Named for ancient capital of Egypt
25th largest US city, population 652,000 with 1.3 million in greater metro area
City of commerce, hub for FedEx
Center of cotton production
Chippewa settlement
City on bluff above Mississippi River
Famous musicians and groups: Elvis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Charlie Musselwhite, Booker T Jones, Al Green, Koko Taylor, Ike Turner, Preston Shannon, Southern Avenue….more

 

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