My father and I took an epic journey to explore the origins of Tennessee music. Our first destination was Nashville, Tennessee. There we explored the Grand Ole Opry Theatre, the Ryman Auditorium and the Historic RCA Studio B.
From Nashville, we traveled to Memphis, Tennessee where we visited the legendary Sun Studio on Sam Phillips Avenue. Sun Studio is known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll”. It is the discovery location of musical legends and genres of the 50’s from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; from Blues and Gospel to Country and Rock’n’roll.
After that we spent some time at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum where we got to check out a Wurlitzer Jukebox. Then on to see Graceland Mansion, 120 acres dedicated to the life and career of an American legend, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Here and there, we made quick stops along the way so I could photograph the Transit station, a street car and other interesting architecture and bridges.
What I loved most however, was seeing and photographing the famous recording studios and learning all about the different types of music — its’ origins, influences and the talented musical legends. The trip was definitely a memorable learning experience and I understand now how rock, country and soul, are all tied together.