Review : Blues loving dentists visit the USA – Part 1

Posted on: Saturday, May 6, 2006

Trip to Memphis and Mississippi by Pete Evans and Paul Taylor of Hooker Blues Club and Worthenbury Juke Joint, Wrexham

The new NHS dentist’s contract had the desired effect on Paul Taylor and myself – we shot over to the USA the day before the contract commenced.
The main aim for going was to support Tommy Allen (my son in law) who had been picked up by a Memphis agent and had arranged 8 gigs plus a jam at The Blues Foundation, but sadly Tom had to pull out 5 days before departure due to a family illness. The good news is that the agent and venues are going to honour the gigs next year so a return trip looks imminent!!
The first four days were spent around Memphis taking in the recommended tourist must sees like Sun Studios, The Stax studios and museum, The Gibson factory and The Museum of Civil Liberties which is based at the hotel where Martin Luther King was assasinated.
Beale Street is rather commercialised but nontheless well worth a visit and there are decent bands playing most nights. Of the old remaining parts of the street, Schwabb’s store is fascinating selling anything and everything including mojos and John the Conqueror root and other old voodoo charms.

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