The Music Triangle
The Music Triangle is a 7-day music tour including Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.
The studios in Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals are the epicentre of Southern Music. This magical music triangle is a great Road Trip with each destination offering a different aspect of American music.
Day 1 & 2
Start in Memphis where you can visit Graceland, Elvis' home. That night visit Beale Street for great restaurants and live music including BB King's Blues Club.
Day three travel to Tupelo in Mississippi (2 hours, 110 miles from Memphis) on your way to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In Tupelo see where Elvis Presley was born and grew up. Visit his small shotgun childhood home, an impressive museum and the hardware store where he bought his first guitar. The self-guided tour takes you around many of the most significant locations in Elvis' life in Tupelo. Then it's back on the road to visit the four adjacent small Alabama towns of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia and Sheffield (1 hour 50 minutes, 90 miles) better known as Muscle Shoals - The Hit Capital of the World.
Day 4 & 5
You are now in Muscle Shoals, the most southern leg of the major recording centers in our music triangle. It is here that the Muscle Shoals Sound was born. Visit FAME Recording Studios and learn how Muscle Shoals became the Hit Recording Capital of the World in the 1960s and where Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and other artists from around the world came to this small southern town to record. Also see the birthplace and museums of both Helen Keller, political activist and the first deaf blind person to earn a Batchelor of Arts degree; and W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues". See our blog for details for the new Muscle Shoals film which documents the music stars who recorded here and will be released in the UK Autumn 2013.
Day 6 & 7
Travel to Nashville (2 hours 20 mins, 120 miles). This is the 3rd of the southern recording towns. Nashville boasts the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Depart of Day 7.