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Life on a Mississippi Steamboat

by Samantha February - last edited February

Life on a Mississippi Steam BoatSo, you want to see the Mississippi River by paddle-steamer. There’s a romance to it – that slow dance down the river; a grandeur – in the vessels, and the personalities they conjure (right, Mr. Twain?), and you get that added layer of musicality. Memphis also gives you the rare opportunity to travel aboard an authentic paddle-steamer, so we’ll begin there. 

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Insider Interview Memphis: Kelly English

by Samantha January - last edited 2 weeks ago by Community Manager

Insider Interview Memphis: Kelly EnglishConsider Kelly English Memphis’ chief culinary ambassador. Since 2008, his Restaurant Iris has elevated dining in the city – and held the attention of Food & Wine magazine, the James Beard Foundation and the like – with a French-Creole palate that refines local and seasonal.

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Music in Memphis: Who to Listen to Right Now

by Samantha January - last edited January

Music in Memphis | Who to listen to Right NowYou know Elvis and the Stax snap. But what will you listen to when you get to Memphis, and where will that quest take you?  

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Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking ContestMemphis in May is a month-long series of events that began in 1977 as a cultural exchange between Memphis and the world. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (WCBCC) was added in 1978. Annually, the contest draws around 250 internationally-seeded teams – and 100,000-plus attendees – making it a multicultural party. Mark your calendar for WCBCC 2014: 15-17 May.

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Insider Interview Memphis: Al Bell

by Samantha January - last edited January

Insider Interview Memphis | Al BellIf the name Al Bell doesn’t immediately ring a you-know-what, hit the highlights: In high school, he DJs dances in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lands a job at the local radio station. Relocates to Memphis, Tennessee, to pioneer promotions for Stax Records. Heads Motown Records Group. Establishes his own label. Accepts the GRAMMY Trustees Award (2011). And, as you’ll read here, he hasn’t slowed down yet.

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Bluff City Blues: A Beginner's Guide to Memphis

by Moderator January - last edited January

Dining in Memphis © Maxine Sheppard.jpg

Thanks to a collective grassroots effort, Memphis has modernised beyond recognition over the past decade or so – but a century of tumultuous history still oozes from its pores. Discover the best of old and new in our beginner's guide...

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