bluesinthenorthwest on tour – Day 1 – Mon 6th Oct

Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008

I arrived at Memphis about 6pm after a 9 hour flight from Schiphol.  Despite the almost concurrent bookings, the party of the eight of us were on three separate flights.  So what is the chance of us all meeting on the bus from the arrivals lounge to the car hire centre?  Well we did.  We walked out of the airport not 10 mins apart.

We stayed in a cheap hotel about 6 blocks and a 10-15 min walk fron Beale Street.  After a quick wash and brush up I was clean but tired.  We strolled down to Beale for my first view of Memphis.  Beale was good but not outstanding.  At about 8pm on a Monday night, about five bars had a live blues music but on the negative side I could see clearly the darker aspects of the commercial enterprise.

We ate at Alfred’s who were featuring a live modern blues quintet whose name I don’t recall.  The band leader was a good singer, guitarist and harp player and the band were tight, funky and shuffly.  I sampled my first ale of the week a very fine Sierra Nevada IPA recommended by the group’s beer expert Paul Farmer.

After a few plates of various BBQ pork dishes we left the bar quite tired, took a last beer at the Rum Boogie Cafe then retired for the night.  I forgot to take a picture on Monday so there is no associated photo for this post.

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