While on a trip to Memphis for Samuel's 30th, I managed to take a few photos that I was pretty happy with.
I dragged my banjo out with me (not sure I'll do that again for a while!), and at the BART stop on the way to the airport, someone stopped me to ask about my banjo and to mention they were learning. I'd wanted to take Amtrak out, but it didn't work out, so the longest train trip I've taken yet is the one from Oakland to SFO. Someday!
We made it to Corky's, a world-famous BBQ joint. Brisket, bottomless sweet tea, and a flight of Tennessee bourbon.
We made the obligatory Graceland visit.
This photo of Elvis's pool room pretty much took itself.
In the Graceland office, this shot through a hole in the wall jumped out at me.
We also toured the Gibson factory. While there, I saw a gorgeous guitar in a sky-blue-ish shade; I ended up buying a used Fender American Standard Stratocaster in Daphne blue later that week. I normally wouldn't have bought a guitar that colour, but seeing it in person sold me on the colour and I'm pretty happy with it. You can see the Gibson guitar that inspired me in the lower left.
The Gibson showroom also had beautiful amps.
This church was on the corner where we parked.
Another must-do in Memphis is to stop by Sun Studio.
That microphone is the same one used by Elvis, and there's a stack of old audio equipment (and a standup bass) in the background.
That's the same door Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and numerous other legends of rock and roll walked through.
A shot of a closed shop on Beale Street.
And finally, a portrait of the photographer as a musician.