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Tours around America's Deep South place visitors at the heart of a thriving, established musical lifestyle. In Louisiana, New Orleans bursts with life and colour and jumps to a jazz soundtrack - especially during the famous Mardi Gras festival. The Big Easy's streets are filled with musicians, so you're never far from the playful notes of a jazz trumpet - but it's worth heading to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter to immerse yourself in the real New Orleans. The music of the deep south has a reputation for stirring the spirit - you'll be able to dance the night away in clubs and bars - or visit Musical Legends Park, where you can sit back, relax and let the professionals entertain you.
Beyond New Orleans, the music trail follows the legendary Mississippi River, towards Nashville, Tennessee. Famous for being the heartbeat of the States' country scene, the city is a mix of bright lights and antiquated 'Old West' architecture. Music-loving visitors to Nashville should spend time in what locals call 'The District', a downtown area full of bustling clubs and honky-tonk bars. The Grand Ole Opry is a must-see for country music enthusiasts, and one of the city's most famous features: a weekly concert, broadcast to the nation, the Opry began in 1925 and has hosted superstars like Patsy Cline, Boxcar Willie and Johnny Cash - amongst other luminaries.
A short trip east, Tennessee's country music roots lead to another keystone in America's musical past: Memphis, birthplace of rock and roll. Music legends like Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley got their breaks performing in Memphis and you can still hear their hits performed in cocktail bars and lounges all across the city. Beale Street is a particularly well-known musical centre for anyone searching for authentic southern charm: it's home to the Walk of Fame - paving stones dedicated to some of the US's most famous singers, song-writers and composers. Just outside the city, Graceland, Elvis Presley's opulent mansion, is open to tourists - and remains a vital component of any tour of America's musical southern states.
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