There is a rhythm in the air around Memphis, there always has been. I don’t know what it is, but it’s magic. – Carl Perkins (Carl Lee Perkins was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in 1954. His best-known song is "Blue Suede Shoes".)
The Delta’s rich musical heritage runs deeper than the rolling waters of the Mississippi River. Long before a young Elvis Presley ever stepped foot inside Sun Studio, the cotton fields of Memphis were alive with haunting lyrics of love, loss and sorrow. Out of the flat, fertile fields of the Mississippi Delta, the blues were born. Blues music with its syrupy lyrics and infectious rhythm connects this region at its roots. From the ramshackle juke joints along highway 61 to Memphis’s famed barbecue shops, timeless melodies transport visitors back to another era. If the Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues, Memphis gets credit for the conception of rock n’ roll.
From the book: Memphis and the Delta Blues Trail by Melissa & Justin Gage, The Countryman Press