April 2013 Newsletter

Memphis Soul: In Performance at the White House premiered on 16th April and you can watch the video on the Deep South blog including performances from Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake & Booker T. Jones serves as music director and band leader.

The all-star concert honours the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee, and legendary labels like Stax Records, which featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more. Click here to watch the Memphis Soul video... 

Southern Living put Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta in their Top 10 Tasiest Towns that will have you ready to pack your forks and go…

Southern Living magazine features the best of the South and is the ultimate insiders guide to Southern culture and recipes. The second-annual Tastiest Towns contest saw Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta all featured, click on each city to read more about tastiest dishes, places to eat and nightcaps to try!


Sampling Tours now available at Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Jack Daniel's have always offered distillery tours daily from 9am–4.30pm, which usually last about an hour & is a walking tour with steps included, mostly outdoors. However, Jack Daniel's are now offering a sample tour to people of legal drinking age (21 years old in the US, proof of ID is needed for everyone). Four tours are available Monday through to Thursday and on Fridays and Saturdays there are three tour times available. Tours are on a first come, first served basis so arrive early! More information...


Sir Cliff Richard is in Nashville to record a covers album of classic rock 'n' roll songs.

Sir Cliff said "It's great to be back in Nashville, this place breathes music, I love it here! It's sure to be a great album.....hope you'll like it!"

"The sessions have been fabulous. Nashville folk work fast and play brilliantly, and to cap it all they are great fun. I'm having a terrific time!".

Cliff Richard also made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the weekend while in Nashville. Keep an eye on our Deep South USA Blog and we will upload the video when available!

Paul McCartney is returning to Memphis for the first time in 20 years with his "Out There" tour at the FedExForum on Sunday 26th May at 8pm.

Paul will be performing songs spanning his career as a solo artist, member of Wings and, of course, The Beatles.

Birmingham, Alabama makes 'Today' show list of six hot places to visit in 2013

Birmingham was ranked among two other American cities and three international destinations in a NBC 'Today' US Show list of the hottest places to visit in 2013. Birmingham, Alabama was mentioned due to the 2013 commemoration of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and due to the city's affordability for travellers.

A social media campaign launched with Twitter, as well as a Facebook page. The city has also put banners up around the town noting the commemoration, and has launched a website dedicated to coverage of commemoration events in the city. More information...

Tour Operator of the Month

We are happy to have AmeriCan & Worldwide Travel as our Tour Operator of the Month. AWWT have a selection of Deep South self drive holidays including Sounds of the South, Roots of Blues, The Blues Highway and Alabama & Georgia Highlights, they can also offer tailer made holidays taking into consideration what you would like to see and do, and of course not forgetting your budget! More information... 

 Alabama's Year of Food

In 2013 Alabama are celebrating another “Year of Food” which highlights all the fabulous Alabama cuisine, restaurants and festivals, plus they have a dedicated ‘Year of Food’ website.

Food Festivals throughout Louisiana and New Orleans

George Bernard Shaw once said, "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." Louisiana loves its food with sincerity, indulgence and passion. Some people eat to live, but New Orleanians and Louisianians live to eat. As a result, the state offers the most incredible, diverse, exceptional and unforgettable cuisine in the world. More information... 


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The Deep South USA Blog serves as a guide for everything related to the Deep South and the southern US states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee. Whether it's happening here, in the UK, or over in the states our blog will keep you up to date!

Recent articles added:

Watch Memphis Soul: In Performance at the White House

'Muscle Shoals' Documentary Film at the Sundance London Film and Music Festival 

Meet the Deep South USA Experts

Phenix City Whitewater in Alabama starts early

C2C: Country-to-Country 2014 Early Bird Weekend Passes