The New York Times: 36 Hours in Memphis

January 2015

Maybe even more Music City than its country cousin to the east, Memphis has strong affiliations with not one musical genre but three. It is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, the cradle of soul and, though the blues weren’t born here (that distinction goes to the rural parts of the Mississippi Delta), it was the Memphis-based musician and “Father of the Blues,” W. C. Handy, who helped get those “lonesome songs” out into the world. But there is far more to Bluff City than blues and barbecue. A watermelon and feta salad can be found alongside great smokehouse meats; zydeco and indie rock are within earshot of soul; and up-and-coming areas like Cooper-Young are giving the city’s older haunts some stiff competition. For this short visit, leave out the Graceland juggernaut, though if Elvis is on your bucket list, head out any morning to Graceland’s Meditation Garden where the King is buried — it’s peaceful and free.

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