Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The River City

When Trav's mother, brother and my sister came in town, we decided to hit up Memphis while Travis was in school. Trey has never been to Memphis before, and I'm not going to lie, it was a blast. The place that Trey and Brittany have never been before was Sun Studio's. This is one of Trav's favorite places in Memphis and every time you go in, you learn something new.

Sun Studios
Sun Studios was opened by Sam Phillips in 1950, and originally named it "Memphis Recording Service". Sun Studios recorded famous singers such as: Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, and some other big names.




People from all over were able to come in and make a record. Elvis got his start here. In 1953, Elvis walked in claiming that he wanted to sing a song for his mom. Although we all love this story and think it's so sweet, it turned out to be a lie (sad face). 

Phillips wasn't there that day, but Marion Keisker, a secretary at Sun Studios', made a copy to give to Phillips because she was so excited after hearing Elvis record. 

When Phillips heard it, he wasn't as thrilled about it, but in 1954, Phillips invited Elvis to come back to sing a song. Although no progressed seemed to be made, Elvis started singing "That's Alright, Mama" and Phillips liked what he heard, so he got it on the radio. People liked it too, and they wanted to hear it over and over again. And we all know where that went from there.

These are five of Elvis' greatest records recorded by Sun Studios.


One of my favorite pictures of all time.
Last time I went into Sun Studios with Dan, they told us about Elvis' microphone (one that he used). However, this time, they didn't mention it. But we did in fact have messing around with it.

 


Of course we had to get some pictures standing outside.

 


If you're ever in Memphis, you def. need to hit up Sun Studios. It is so much fun to hear about the birth of Rock n' Roll.

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After that, we went off to see the Peabody Hotel Ducks. Although we got there 15 minutes early, it was PACKED. There were tour buses and people almost stacked on top of each other just to catch a glimpse.

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That's how bad of sight we were 15 minutes early (so if you go, make sure to get there maybe an hour early?). As we were leaving, I felt a pinch on the butt, by no other Travis Michael who finally made an appearance :)
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We then went to Pigs to eat because it is only Trav and Trisa's favorite place to eat. Travis made other believers out of Noah and Shelly when they were here too. However, I am not all into BBQ, so I settled for Chicken Fingers off of the kid's menu with honey mustard sauce.
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Afterwards we went to a different couple of places that allowed my 19 year old sister (since she's not 21 yet). One place we decided to check out was Jerry Lewis' restaurant.

They had an Elvis tribute band (along with other songs from this time period) playing and gave us seats right next to them. 



 

This is the first time that I had seen of Brittany having a GREAT time where you could tell she actually felt relaxed without a care in the world. We all loved it.


This band was pretty awesome. The guitar player (although he didn't play a guitar player in the movie) was in Walk the Line. The bass player is playing with Jerry Lewis in today's concerts. And the drums player? During part of the show, he threw his sticks to Trisa.


Let's just say, it went as well if I'd have caught them. It was fun :)

And to top it all off, we all shared some of this incredible chocolate cake:

I will say that I enjoy Memphis so much better than Nashville. It was great people, food, and music.

2 comments:

  1. I think I'm more of a Nashville girl myself :) But I love Memphis, I have never done Sun Studios! But maybe I will when I'm up in Memphis in June!

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    1. Oh Brittany! You will HAVE to. It's a lot of fun and pretty interesting with hearing people's stories and how they started. Everyone who we have taken there LOVES it. :) We will be so close when you come in June. How exciting!

      <3 Ash

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Thanks for being so lovely! :)