Sunday, October 21, 2018

Photos from Memphis to New Orleans

We are up to the Memphis part of our trip and here are some more photos taken along the way. We visited the house where Aretha Franklin was born. It's rumoured that it will become a tourist attraction but at the moment it's pretty much derelict.
We went to Beale Street where the best blues on offer was that of Earl the Pearl at the Blues City Cafe.
Two recent additions to the Memphis landscape are statues of Bobby Bland and Little Milton. Here's me next to Milton outside another recent addition, the Blues Foundation centre.
Here are Lee and Dave at the Blues Foundation centre.
While in Memphis we sought out some music graves at a few of the cemeteries there. Here are the markers for Rufus Thomas and Johnny Ace (Alexander).
From Memphis we visited Jerry Lee Lewis's ranch just across the border in Nesbit, MS, where we were shown round by his son, Jerry Lee Lewis III.
We went back to Baton Rouge where we stopped off at Kenny Neal's Juke Joint. There wasn't a live band playing but Kenny's brother Fred, keyboard player in his band, played some blues for us and made us very welcome, as did a young lady called Vernicia who was there.
Moving on to New Orleans, we went to the Rock 'n' Bowl where Geno Delafose was playing. More photos from New Orleans next time.


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