The USA’s music has its roots in the South, chiefly in the forms of jazz, blues and bluegrass. Follow West Virginia’s Mountain Music Trail to learn about Appalachian music and hear banjo-fueled bluegrass tunes in Kentucky and soulful Delta blues in Mississippi.
Brush up on history at the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Grab a dance partner at a zydeco bar in Lafayette, Louisiana, or wander down the street in New Orleans and happen upon a brass band.
Tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, and see his birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi. Visit the boyhood home of music legend Johnny Cash in Dyess, Arkansas, and stand where superstars recorded tunes at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Fame Recording Studios in Alabama.
You’ll find live music 24 hours a day in the honky-tonks and clubs of Nashville. Fans of country legend Dolly Parton will want to stop at her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.