Watch the Let's Rock: Solo online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip
Memphis is the first major music city north of New Orleans on the Blues Highway. As mentioned in the Very Berry connection text, it was the destination of many Blues artists hoping to gig in the Beale St. area and/or record at Sam Phillip's, Sun Records in the 1950's.
Although many styles of music were recorded at Sun, as most musicians know, Rock-A-Billy was the most successful and moved American music forward. This was primarily due to the unprecedented musical connection Elvis Presley and his band (Scotty Moore, guitar; Bill Black, bass; and D.J. Fontana, drums) were able to make with their updated version of the Blues. Sam had been looking high and low for a white singer who could really sing and deliver the Blues as convincingly as it's black originators. He found that and more in Elvis and his band in 1954, and helped launch the King of Rock & Roll.
Today, Memphis memorializes it's Blues and Rock eras with a redeveloped and lively Beale St. music scene, tours of Sun and Stax Records, and of course, Presley's mansion, Graceland. And, as in the past, Memphis continues to offer opportunity to today's aspiring musicians.