Category Archives: Tennessee

The Ugliest Fascinating City in the World

No Depression dusted off this 2003 article today.  There’s a pretty good history of  Stax Records in the article, as well as descriptions of some of the best spots in town.  What I really admire though, is the author’s attempt at writing about Memphis as a social phenomenon, or the city’s “sense of place.”  Many people struggle to capture the character of places with strong identities.  Often such courageous attempts are met with criticism or complete rejection.  Trying to get at the meaning of a place is irresistible, though, perhaps because the real meaning of a place comes from our collective perception, and not anyone’s individual idea.  

Anyway, it’s a good article:

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Memphis Farmers Market – Winter Dinner Tour

mfm-winter dinner tour

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The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker

This post is from the future. I saw The Dynamites with Charles Walker twice last weekend (once at Chelsea’s Cafe in Baton Rouge and once at the Oxford American event at Tipitina’s) and they blew me straight into next month. Be sure not to miss it if you get the chance to see this soul/funk group from Nashville.

See tour dates and listen to songs:
Read their good reviews (New York Times) and order t-shirts:

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Yee-Haw Industries

Copyright 2001 * Yee-Haw Industries

Copyright 2007 * Yee-Haw Industries

Copyright 2006 * Yee-Haw Industries

Without a doubt, Yee-Haw Industries is the go-to for letterpress posters promoting special events and music acts. Partners Kevin Bradley and Julie Belcher became pioneers of the now ubiquitous band promo/art poster when musicians such as Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Guy and Trey Anastasio came knocking on their Kentucky barn door back in 1996. Now they’re set up in Knoxville and do everything from calendars and journals to greeting cards and apparel. But my favorites are their fine art pieces (what they set out doing), like ol’ Evel up above. All work is custom-to-order, designed, set, and pressed by hand.
Click here to shop their Etsy store. And their other store here.

Yee-Haw Industries, 413 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902; Ph: 865.522.1812; Fax: 865.524.8897;;

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American Dream Safari

I think this sounds grand.  American Dream Safari tours leave out of Memphis daily in a restored ’55 Cadillac, and include:  Delta Day Trip (“Highway 61 blues and blacktop”); Yards, Gardens, and Architecture (in Memphis); Juke Joint Full of Blues (good way to hit the town and cut loose, fee includes entrance to three clubs); Drive by Shooting (not a funny title, but allows one to pretend to be William Eggleston for a day); Road Therapy Tour (if you just need to get away and cruise through the Arkansas countryside); Gospel Church (fee includes tithe and lunch at the fantabulous Gus’s Fried Chicken); and Tupelo Day Trip (to you-know-who’s house.)  You just hop in the car and the driver whisks you away.  Perfect.
American Dream Safari; 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week;; 901.527.8870; PO Box 3129, Memphis, TN, 38173;

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