Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Memphis)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a real gem of a museum which really took me by surprise because I just wasn't sure what to expect. It is a treasure trove of lessons on musical history. As we strolled through we learned about gospel music in the local churches and how that mixed with some country music led to the birth of rock and roll. Through video and audio presentations it was easy to see and hear how … [Read more...]

Country Music Hall of Fame (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

A visit to Nashville is not complete without checking out the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Approaching the building, you will see that it looks like the keys on the piano.  I wish we could have taken pictures inside of some of the amazing stuff we saw, but sadly the Hall of Fame does not allow photography.   Walking through the exhibits we learned about the history of country music and the legendary artists. Did … [Read more...]

Ryman Auditorium (Nashville)

    You don't have to be a huge fan of country music to appreciate why Nashville is also known as Music city. Singers and songwriters gravitate here to seek fame and fortune and one of the most iconic places to witness it live is the Grand Ole Opry which depending on what time of year you visit will either be at the Grand Ole Opry House across from Gaylord Opryland Hotel or in Downtown Nashville … [Read more...]

Road Music

Road Trip Music

Adding a soundtrack to your journey There’s nothing like cruising along the open road with the windows down, tunes blasting, and everyone in the car singing along at the top of their lungs. Creating a “soundtrack” for your trip is a great way to add a little “extra flavor” to what will already be an incredible journey. Music is also a great way to highlight the geographical and historical aspects of each … [Read more...]

Experience Music Project (Seattle)

Destination: Washington and Oregon

The Experience Music Project is definitely one of our most memorable museum experiences of all time. Created by Paul Allen of Microsoft fame, it’s sort of like a museum about music, but not quite…it really is an "experience" and one  that  everyone should partake in. Walking in, we were immediately awestruck by the “tornado” of guitars that stretched 3 full floors. Inside you can explore music history with … [Read more...]

Taos Drum Factory (Taos)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

A little off the beaten path is the Taos Drum Factory, was both a fun and interesting stop. After learning about the Taos Indians at the pueblo, we understood a little about the role the drum plays in their culture. At the factory we learned how the drums are made and saw a huge variety of them, some tiny and some massively huge all with interesting an unusual shapes. Walking into the warehouse we immediately smelled … [Read more...]