Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Memphis Soul Tour

Music fans visiting Memphis can often become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of attractions and interests. One of the best ways to get a broad feel for the city and have fun doing it is to take one of the many unique music tours the city offers.

Here's a short list of some of the best Memphis music tours:

BLUES CITY TOURS
Memphis’ premier tour operators offer a wide array of daily, themed tours including Shopping, Music, After Dark, Graceland, Memphis History, Civil Rights and more. Custom tours available. http://www.bluescitytours.com/

HERITAGE TOURS
Take a journey through time and experience the struggles, triumphs and cultural impact of African Americans in Memphis. While on this tour, you’ll crouch in a basement that was a stop on the Underground Railroad, learn the history behind the Union occupation of Memphis and experience the power of religion in historic churches. Whether music, history or culture is your thing, with 30 inspiring sites, Heritage Tours has something for everyone. http://www.heritagetoursmemphis.com/

ULTIMATE ROCK ’N ROLL TOUR, BY SHANGRI-LA PROJECTS
Dive below the surface of Memphis music and experience the sights, sounds and stories of rock and roll, blues, rockabilly, soul, R&B, gospel and jazz. Or customize your pilgrimage by selecting specific sites, styles and musicians to suit your taste. PS...Tour guide Sherman Wilmott is one of three credited curators for the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. http://www.memphisrocktour.com/

AMERICAN DREAM SAFARI
Not your usual tour. Not your usual guide. Explore the legends and myths of southern culture and music from the inside (and outside) of wayward soul Tad Pierson’s 1955 Cadillac. Themed tours include the Juke Joint Full of Blues, the Gospel Church, the Delta Day Trip and the soul-soothing Road Therapy tour. http://americandreamsafari.com/

BACKBEAT TOURS
Memphis is truly the cultural crossroads of the nation, and nowhere can you better experience the city and its rich musical heritage than from a seat on the Backbeat Bus. You'll ride in vintage style, see the sights of historic Bluff City and learn the story of the "Memphis Sound" - while hearing the music performed live! From Beale Street's vibrant blues to the rockin' rythyms of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash . . . From the stirring gospel heritage of the churches to the captivating grooves of Soulsville USA . . . you'll hear it all LIVE in a completely one-of-a-kind show on wheels. There's as much happening inside the Backbeat bus as outside - so get ready to shake, rattle and roll! http://www.backbeattours.com/

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