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Sounds of The South: Top Music destinations in The Deep South

Immerse yourself in the soul-stirring music of the Deep South, infused with the rhythms of blues, jazz, and country.

In the Deep South, music isn’t just a backdrop; it’s the heartbeat of the region. Wander through the streets, and you’ll find the history of the South narrated through its tunes. From the gritty blues of Mississippi to the lively jazz of New Orleans, this part of the country doesn’t just play music; it practically hums with it.

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1. Memphis, Tennessee

Rock’ n’ Roll, Barbecue and Blues. Whether you’re on a musical discovery, tasting your way through the South or exploring centuries of history, Memphis, Tennessee, has everything! Memphis is home to legendary recording studios – RCA Studio B and Sun-Studios where you can take guided tours, ideal for any music lover.

Where is Memphis, Tennessee You will find Memphis on the Mississippi River in southwestern Tennessee. A 3-hour drive from Nashville and 1.5 hours from Tupelo and Clarksdale, Memphis is an ideal stop along your road trip.

What to do in Memphis? You’ve heard his music; he’s the king of Rock’n’Roll, and you can tour his home. It is America’s second most visited historic home, visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Experience the National Civil Rights Museum, inside the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr lost his life. Head to Soulsville and discover the Stax Museum of American Soul Music before visiting the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

Take a trip along Beale Street, Memphis, where neon lights the way to the sound of the blues. Once home to legends like B.B. King and Louis Armstrong. Today, it’s a lively hub of iconic blues clubs and juke joints, a must-visit for music enthusiasts seeking the authentic rhythms of the Deep South.

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Beale Street, Memphis

Beale Street, Memphis

2. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is known for its expansive and exciting music scene. Bluegrass, pop, rock, jazz, blues and soul; Nashville is as diverse as the artists who make up the community.

Where is Nashville? As you travel along your Deep South Road Trip, you will reach Nashville between the Great Smoky Mountains and Memphis, Tennessee. Nashville is 200 miles from Tupelo, 220 miles from Memphis and 535 miles from New Orleans.

What to do in Nashville? Major music attractions across Nashville include the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the famous Bluebird Cafe, where Taylor Swift was first discovered!

A day spent in Nashville will leave you singing! There are always performing arts, shows and events on throughout the city so listen out for the latest. 

Don’t forget to explore the vibrant music scene in neighbourhoods like The Gulch and 12 South for an authentic taste of Nashville’s diverse musical offerings.

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Pantheon, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Pantheon, Nashville, Tennessee

3. Clarksdale, Mississippi

The birthplace of the Blues. This small Mississippi town is steeped in the rich history of Delta blues music.

Clarksdale marks the legendary crossroads where, as the story goes, Robert Johnson purportedly made a pact with the devil, vanishing briefly only to reappear mysteriously as an amazing guitarist, the “King of the Delta Blues.”

Visit Ground Zero, Morgan Freemans famous Blues Club, or Red’s Lounge, for live music and a night you won’t forget.

Explore iconic sites like the Delta Blues Museum, soak in the authentic juke joint atmosphere, and even stand at the legendary crossroads where, according to folklore, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for musical prowess.

Clarksdale, Deep South Road Trip Holidays

Clarksdale, Mississippi

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is famous for its big-city sounds, Mardi Gras, Voo-Doo and plenty more; it is a historic city bursting with new and exciting energy. 

Sounds of the South echo through the lively streets, historic jazz clubs, and vibrant festivals, making the city a soulful haven for jazz, blues and rhythm. 

Where is New Orleans? On your musical journey through the deep south, you will find New Orleans in the south of Louisiana, near the Gulf of Mexico.

What to do in New Orleans? On your New Orleans Road Trip, the first thing to do is take a walk around the French Quarter. This is an eclectic, vibrant area bursting with history, live music and bars that don’t close. In Jackson Square, you will see the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral – the tallest building in the French Quarter.

What is Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Mardi Gras is a wild carnival, held the day before Ash Wednesday and is translated as “Fat Tuesday”. The streets come alive with decorated people, music, food and an electric atmosphere. 

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New Orleans, LA, American Music Tour - Bourbon St

The French Quarter, New Orleans


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