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Mississippi Blues

September 19-26, 2024

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From Elvis the King to B.B. King, join us on this original and unique tour as we explore the music of the Mississippi Delta! Includes Graceland, Tupelo (birthplace of Elvis), B.B. King Museum, Memphis, Mississippi River blues cruise, live music at off-the-beaten-path Juke Joints, and more! Includes a 2-night stay at The Graceland Guesthouse. Be prepared to be wowed!

Day 1: Today we start to get acquainted with our new traveling friends and learn more about the blues scene as we make our way to Memphis. Our first two nights are at the Graceland Guest House Hotel in the heart of Graceland! Experience Southern hospitality, royal treatment, and luxurious amenities that would make the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself proud. (D)

Day 2: We are in for a treat at Sun Studio, known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll.” Stand in the very same spot that Elvis first recorded! Our guide shares the inside stories of B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Ike Turner before Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, & Roy Orbison were all drawn to the new Sun Sound. After lunch we hop on the Memphis Riverboat Sightseeing Tour where we will float the Mighty Mississippi with a live historical commentary. Beale Street, where Blues and food blend nicely is our next destination. We will be given a walking tour and then time to enjoy the Memphis vibe. (B, L)

Day 3: Today is all about Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll. We start at Graceland where we tour his mansion Then off to his museum where we see his collections of gold records, jeweled jumpsuits, classic cars, and participate in interactive exhibits. In the afternoon we stop in Tupelo where we visit his boyhood home, church, and the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar. (B)

Day 4: As we cross to the western side of Mississippi, the delta starts to call. Our first experience in Clarksdale is with Deak’s harmonica where we learn first-hand the art of playing the harmonica. After lunch we will venture to the GRAMMY Museum for a truly remarkable journey through the history of music where they celebrate the power of music and we can participate in multiple interactive activities. (B, L, D)

Day 5: This morning we start at the Delta Blues Museum, the land where blues began. It is the state's oldest music museum. A Clarksdale step-on guide will tell us the history of the Crossroads and Robert Johnson’s “deal with the devil”. This evening takes us to Ground Zero Blues Club to take in some blues and traditional southern food. We stay in Clarksdale for the next 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Today takes us to a boardwalk that leads through a cypress swamp. Although the habitat is filled with wildlife like birds, waterfowl, frogs, turtles, and alligators, the main attraction is the giant bald cypress trees. We are in for a treat at Blues Front Café which is on the Blues Trail. This juke joint is for those in search of authentic blues in a rustic setting. In its early years, it was a local gathering spot for crowds of workers from the Yazoo County cotton fields. Entertainment is provided by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, a Grammy nominee. Next, it’s off to B.B. King’s hometown of Indianola, which sits squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, the land that gave birth to American music. Come witness the story of the beloved music icon at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center which expounds upon his life and career. Dinner is at Club Ebony, an old nightclub that showcased legends such as Ray Charles, Count Basie, B. B. King, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Albert King, Willie Clayton, and many others. (B, L, D)

Day 7: As we start back home, we will drive by cotton plantations and run down juke joints. At our lunch stop, we are enlightened with the history of an old plantation commissary, Hollywood Café. This site is rich with history and music from then to now. Grisham mentioned it multiple times in A Time to Kill and Marc Cohn immortalized it in his song, Walking in Memphis. To cap off the day, we visit the STAX Museum in Memphis. This is one of a handful in the world dedicated to soul music. (B, L)

Day 8: Today we head home with wonderful thoughts of the Mississippi Delta, southern hospitality, and the Blues music from long ago. (B)


8 days
September 19-26, 2024
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