May 2013 Newsletter

Southern Ribs

Southern Living sure love some Southern barbecue so they asked their readers in their 2013 'Cue Awards for the best rib joints in the South. The 13,000 votes for the best spots feature 11 out of 15 in our Deep South states.

When visiting the Southern states you have to sample the amazing and infamous barbecue and among the winners were Southern Soul Barbecue at St.. Simons Island in Georgia, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur in Alabama and Corky's Ribs & BBQ in Memphis, Tennessee. Click here to view the full list...

Memphis Hop On Shuttle Bus

The Memphis Hop Bus Service started beginning of May and provides tourists with quick and easy transportation to the best of the city's cultural attractions.

Memphis Hop will operate Tuesday-Sunday, 10am–7pm, with hourly stops at eleven tourist attractions. One-day tickets to ride the Memphis Hop will cost $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 12–17 and free  for children under 12. Each attraction will offer discounts up to $70 for Memphis Hop riders. More information...

Louisiana Essence Festival

Summer music in the Crescent City

Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz and one of the best places for nightlife in the US,  has a host of musical events coming up this summer.

The Essence Music Festival is the largest African American-based music event in the world that attracts more than a half-million people into New Orleans (aka Crescent City). Taking place July 4–7, the festival will reflect the unique blend of cultures that creates Louisiana.

This year's Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans' French Quarter falls on August 3–5. It is the premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of the Crescent City's native son, Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong.

The Bayou Music Festival is on October 5–6, featuring up to 15 local bands and performers from the South Louisiana bayou area with music styles including zydeco, country, rock, pop and more. A range of food is available including jambalaya and grillades.

More Louisiana festivals...


Paul McCartney at Graceland in Memphis

Paul McCartney sets FedEx Forum on Fire!

After 20 years, Sir Paul McCartney returned to Memphis and FedEx Forum with his 'Out There' tour on Sunday 26th May. Sir Paul also dropped by Graceland before his show to make his first trip to Elvis Presley's grave and left a guitar pick behind 'so Elvis can play in heaven'.

The two music legends actually met in 1965 in LA at a top secret location.

The Great Gatsby Film

The Scott and Zelda Museum in Alabama's Capital city, Montgomery, is receiving a record number of visitors due to the recent launch of  “The Great Gatsby” movie.  The film which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan was also released here in the UK on 16th May and is the adaptation of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. The museum in Montgomery is the only one in the world dedicated to the Fitzgeralds and is housed in the brick house in Old Cloverdale where the Fitzgeralds lived from 1931 to 1932.

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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 tailor made holidays taking into account what you would like to see and do, and of course not forgetting your budget! More information including their special offer...



Georgia Peaches

Tour and Taste Georgia's Peaches

Since 1908, Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley has planted, grown and harvested over 3,000 acres of the best-tasting peaches in Georgia. You can tour the Farm in June & July, the peak Peach Season, to get a behind the scenes look. The peaches are frozen and used all year round in their famous peach cobbler, peach ice cream and peach bread & butter pudding which are served daily in the Peachtree Cafe. 



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Welcome to the Deep South USA Blog


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!


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