Memphis The Essential
Known as the "home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll," this bustling Mississippi River city is a lively place with an appealing blend of Southern manners, cosmopolitan riches, and rough-and-tumble river blues. Its most internationally famous resident, the late rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley, personified all this as he put Memphis on the map. Revitalized and bopping long into the night, Beale Street in downtown Memphis is lined with music clubs, restaurants and music shops issuing continual strains of Mississippi Blues, one of America's most distinctive musical genres.
Even for those inured to the Elvis myth,