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December Deep South USA Newsletter

Welcome to the Deep South USA newsletter for December 2013. We will bring you all the latest news on the southern US states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee as the official UK representatives.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!



Benedict Cumberbatch in New Orleans

After filming '12 Years A Slave' in New Orleans, Benedict downloaded the WWOZ New Orleans radio station to his phone, to carry a little piece of New Orleans with him everywhere he goes! 

12 Years A Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup who was kidnapped in Washington DC and sold into slavery in 1841 to work on a plantation in Louisiana for 12 years until his release.

The film was released in the US on 1st November and comes to the UK on 28th January. Directed by British director Steve McQueen with British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup and Benedict Cumberbatch as plantation owner William Ford and also stars Brad Pitt as a carpenter opposed to slavery.

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The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa, Gulf Coast Alabama

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa, along the Gulf Coast in Point Clear Alabama, has jumped an astounding 44 places to 28 in the Conde Nast Traveller’s Top 100 Resort Spas 2013. The new ranking ties this hotspot with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and makes it the only Alabama spa hotel listed

“Being tied with the spa at Caesars Palace, and ahead of every spa in Palm Beach Florida says a great deal for our spa team and the services provided, plus the Spa at the Grand was also considerably lower than most for spa treatment prices,” said Bruce Smith, General Manager.

“It is great to offer affordable, world-class service for all our guests whether they are from down the road or around around the globe.”

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GRAMMY Museum coming to Cleveland, Mississippi

Plans to open a 20,000-plus square-foot GRAMMY Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi have been revealed. The GRAMMY Museum is planned to be the most technologically advanced music-themed museum in the world. 

"Mississippi's influence can be heard everywhere," said Bob Santelli supervisor of the project design team. "The music born in Mississippi has shaped the development of music in America and beyond. The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will help the rest of the world recognise Mississippi's contribution to American music culture." 

The museum is expected to open Summer 2015.

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For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville

Never has there been a city so rich in the history of music that it exudes creativity at every turn. For more than 130 years, Nashville, Tennessee has been known as the world's Music City. Now in the documentary For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, which you can watch if you click more information below, the story behind the Nashville music scene is told through the eyes of many of the musicians, songwriters, producers and artists who live and breathe its inspiration.

"You can't get that many talented people in one area and expect the genres not to grow," Ben Folds recounts in the documentary which features more than 30 artists, including Kings of Leon, who provide a personal and captivating account of how Nashville has evolved into the world's Music City. As Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys notes "There really are no parameters, no walls. You can do whatever you in Nashville."

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Tour America Ireland

Established 18 years ago in Dublin, Tour America is now Ireland's leading specialist for holidays to the USA. With a team of 50 based in Dublin and also Cork offering exceptional customer service and extensive product knowledge the team can tailor make the perfect holiday for you! Whether its a City Break in New Orleans, a twin centre holiday in Memphis & Nashville or their favourite fly drive packages taking in the five Deep South States they have the perfect holiday for you! Click more information for special offers exclusive to Deep South USA for bookings via our website.

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