Day 23: Nashville to Memphis
Trip Start Jul 07, 2006
35Trip End Aug 13, 2006
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If you're a young person in the south, the place to be is Nashville
From there we entered Fort Nashborough. It was a replica of a fort that existed in the frontier days of Tennessee. It even had a plaque dedicated to the white men and Indians killing each other. From there, we walked up to 2nd street and into BB King's Blues Club. This was significant to Brian, because when he was staying in Nashville in 2003, he'd go to the riverfront and read. But, unfortunately for Brian, during one of his reading spells, a bird pooped on him, getting his neck and shirt all gross. So he went into BB King's Blues Club and bought a shirt. He didn't have time then to sit and listen to any music, so today we sat and listened to a few tunes. Brian loved the energy of the band; he thought the excitement and happiness that the performers seemed to get from playing was the best thing he saw all day. We left there, but not before buying another shirt so his old one could be retired from active duty. Let's just say that the shirt has been well-loved. Yuck.
We walked down to the Charlie Daniels Band museum -- yes, there is such a thing -- which is located in the back of a gift shop
We walked from there to a shop called Hatch Show Print. We entered this shop initally because there was a sign on the door that said, "Please close the door, we have a cat inside." We didn't ever see the cat, but we really liked the merchandise. This shop has printed fliers and posters for over 100 years. They had some really cool pieces, so we shopped there for a bit. We headed next to the Country Music Hall of Fame. They were running an exhibit on Ray Charles and his impact on country music, which I was pretty excited to see. The museum covered the history of country music, showcasing artifacts from folks like Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. I really enjoyed myself, and I think that Brian was pretty relieved it wasn't a whole museum dedicated to Reba McEntire. The Ray Charles exhibit was nice, too, even if it was small
After that, we walked back to the automobile and hit the road. We put In Cold Blood on again and made it to Memphis. On our way to Memphis, we encountered lots of bad drivers, which may explain the two huge car wrecks we saw on the opposite side of the interstate. Am I ever thankful that Brian is a conscientious driver! But we made it, safe and sound, to Memphis. We're staying in the campground just outside of Graceland, right behind Heartbreak Hotel. I'm serious. We plan to get started in time to get to Graceland at opening (10 am), go see the Jungle Room and some airplanes (I really want to see a TV that Elvis shot. I hope they have one!) and then we'll go over to the National Civil Rights Museum. It's located at the hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed. If we have time after that, we'll go to Sun Records and see what we can see. We're going to stay in Little Rock tomorrow, before heading into Texas.