Blues Tour

BLUES TOUR!
Reserve Now!

(Includes transportation, lodging & admissions. Food not included)

Experience our all new epic 7 day, 6 night Blues Tour covering exciting historical locations such as Beale Street, Malaco Records, the Ground Zero Blues Club owned by the acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman and other equally exciting destinations including a stay in downtown city center, Nashville and a stay at Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, all with your very own Downtown Karla Brown guiding the way! Reserve your trip now for June 16-22 or July 7-13 by giving us a call at 907.540.0001 or visit our new location at 406 Franklin Street in downtown Natchez, MS. Minimum 5 people, Maximum 12 people. Reservation deadlines are June 1 for our June trip or June 30 for our July trip. Don't miss this grand new journey full of history, nostalgia and fun! 

SCHEDULE

DAY 1, Friday:  Natchez to Houston:

JACKSON, MS:  

  • Scott Radio Service:  The Jackson-based Trumpet record label used the Scott studio for sessions with blues legends Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) and Elmore (Elmo) James, along with many other blues, gospel and country performers, from 1950 to 1952.
  • Edwards Hotel: Constructed in 1923 and renamed the King Edward Hotel in 1954, the Edwards Hotel was the site of temporary studios set up by Okeh Records in 1930 and the American Record Corporation in 1935 to record blues artists Bo Carter, Robert Wilkins, Joe McCoy, Isaiah Nettles, the Mississippi Sheiks, and others. 
  • Ace Records:   Ace Records was the most successful Mississippi-based label of the 1950s and 60s.  Ace's extensive catalog of blues, R&B, pop, rock and soul included records by Mississippi blues artists Arthur Crudup, Sam Myers, King Edward, Pat Brown, and Willie Clayton, as well as hit singles by LA singers Jimmy Clanton, Frankie Ford, Huey “Piano” Smith, and Earl King.    
  • Trumpet Records:  The first record company in Mississippi to achieve national stature through its distribution, sales, radio airplay, and promotion.  Willard and Lillian McMurry launched the label from their retail store, the Record Mart, here at 309 N Farish St, in 1950 and later converted the back room into a recording studio.  The first releases were by Mississippi blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2; Elmore James and Willie Love appeared on Trumpet in 1951.
  • Alamo Theater & Dorothy Moore:  The Alamo Theater opened here in 1949.  Prior to that, the Alamo occupied 2 other spots in the area.  The theater showed movies, hosted music competitions, and presented blues and jazz concerts by artists such as Nat “King” Cole, Elmore James, Louis Jordan, and Cab Calloway during the 1940's and 50's.  Gospel groups and vocal ensembles also performed.  Local resident Dorothy Moore's many victories at Alamo talent contests ultimately led to a successful recording career. 
  • Lunch at Iron Horse Restaurant & Museum: Lunch and Museum.
  • Malaco Records Tour:  Malaco was founded here in 1967 and attained national stature with the success of Dorothy Moore's “Misty Blue” (1976), Z.Z. Hill's “Down Home Blues” (1982), and other records by the Jackson Southernaires, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Latimre, and Johnnie Taylor.  

Drive to Houston:

  • Enjoy a potluck dinner and bluegrass music at Sparta Opry.

Drive to Tupelo and stay overnight at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

DAY 2 & 3,  TUPELO to NASHVILLE

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Elvis Presley's birthplace. 
  • Elvis Statue
  • Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis bought his first guitar.


Muscle Shoals, Alabama

  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
  • WC Handy Home, Museum & Library

Places to Eat:

  • Swampers Bar & Grill
  • Rattlesnake Saloon 
  • New Orleans Transfer 

Drive to Nashville
Spend the next 2 nights at Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Convention Center, right downtown!

FUN IN NASHVILLE!!

You will spend time in downtown Nashville, with the hotel being just a few blocks away from everything.  You will be given a detailed map of downtown with 4 tickets for each person which can be used at any of these places:

TOTAL ACCESS – 4 attractions

  • Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 225th Ave S.          615-416-2001
  • Echos of Nashville Walking Tour, 501 Broadway.            615-576-0804
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway.            615-244-3340
  • Hick Chick Tours, 154 2nd Ave N.
  • Historic RCA Studio B, 222 5th Ave S.                    615-416-2001
  • The Johnny Cash Museum, 119 3rd Ave S.                615-256-1777
  • The Music City Rollin' Jamboree, 330 Commerce St.        615-430-3109 
  • The Redneck Comedy Bus Tour, 306 Broadway.            615-316-0014
  • Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave N.                    615-889-3060

For the next day and a half you will be turned loose in downtown Nashville!  
So shake a leg and HAVE FUN!!

DAY 4 & 5, MON/TUE:  NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS

Drive to Casey Jones Village

  • Brook Shaws Old Country Store Restaurant
  • 1890 Ice Cream Parlor and Fudge Store
  • Historic Casey Jones Home & Railroad

Drive to Tina Turner Museum
Arrive at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
Enjoy the Museum
Drive to hotel.
Check in to hotel for the next 2 nights.

Again, you will be turned loose in Memphis for the next day and a half!  There will also be a free shuttle service that makes a continuous circle in Memphis. Sun Studio Shuttle, (free) goes to:

  • Graceland
  • Sun Studio
  • Rock & Soul Museum

EXPERIENCE GRACELAND!!  

  • NEW- a multimedia iPad tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds
  • NEW- Graceland Archives Experience
  • NEW- a self-guided tour of Elvis in Hollywood: From Teen Idol to Leading Man, VIP Tour Only Exhibit
  • a self-guided tour of Elvis' Automobile Museum
  • a self-guided tour of I Shot Elvis: The Exhibit
  • a self-guided tour of Elvis' Tupelo
  • a self-guided tour of Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit
  • Front of the Line Mansion Access
  • Special All Day Ticket
  • Keepsake Backstage Pass

Average Tour Time: 3 to 3.5 hours to complete once. You also may make return visits as many times as you would like before closing time.

DAY 6, WED, MEMPHIS TO CLARKSDALE, MS.

Drive to Tunica
Enjoy “Gateway to the Blues Museum”
Drive to Clarksdale, MS.  Check in at Shack Up Inn.

Things to do in Clarksdale:

  • Check out the intersection where he sold his soul.
  • Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley.  662-627-6820
  • Rock & Blues Museum, 113 E 2nd St.  901-605-8662.  Admission $5
  • Ground Zero Blues Club, 252 Delta Ave, Clarksdale, 11:00am – 2:00am.  662-621-9009

Day 7, THURSDAY:  Clarksdale to Natchez

Drive to Cleveland.
Dockery Farms, 229 Hwy 8, Cleveland.    
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
Po' Monkeys
Drive to Indianola

BB King Museum  662-887-9539.     
Tour package includes:

  • Admission to BB King Museum and Lunch at Club Ebony with Live Music
  • Both chicken wings and fried catfish
  • Both sides:  French fries and hush puppies
  • Side salad or cole slaw
  • Iced tea

Drive back to Natchez. 

Downtown Karla Brown
Tours, Trips & Shuttle Service
Phone: 907.540.0001
downtownkb@ymail.com
406 Franklin Street * Natchez, MS 39120