Memphis Sings the Blues

Memphis is known for two things:  Blues and BBQ. We experienced both the other night as we headed downtown to historic Beale Street.

005Shivering in the chill November air, we parked the truck and walked a couple of blocks to the Beale Street entertainment district. It was early (just after 5 pm), but there was already a line outside of the Blues City Café. We were seated at one of the last remaining tables for two, in the center front row, directly in front of the stage! It was bit loud there, but we got the full blues experience as we enjoyed Blind Mississippi Morris and his band. As two full sets played, we sipped a local brew and munched on BBQ ribs and home-made tamales.

After dinner, we meandered on down the street. Blues music slid through every doorway, tinkling brightly onto the pavement. The Beale Street entertainment district is surprisingly small, only a few blocks long. Large guitar statues are scattered around and brass musical notes (celebrating different artists) are imbedded in the sidewalk. We didn’t especially want to pay a cover charge, but found a small venue without a cover and sat down at the bar while another (younger) blues band readied to play. They played classic blues and rock N roll blues – including some of Jeff’s favorite Allman Brothers tunes!

Another beer, and another music set, and we were ready to travel back to our rolling home. Just another day on the road!

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