Jazz Musician from New Orleans

Music is the pulse that keeps the South alive and kickin’! Brash brass, smooth soul, and funky funk come together down home in the South.

Three cities live and breathe their own musical stylings in particular: Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans. Take a virtual tour through Tennessee and Louisiana to discover the highlights of America’s Music Cities (and if you want to visit the Music Cities yourself, take a 7 night tour with our friends at Collette!)

Memphis

Graceland:

Elvis might have left the building, but he’s all over Graceland! This incredible mansion was once home to The King himself, but has now become a shrine to his legend. Tour his former office and home, with all of his trophies, awards, and jaw-dropping memorabilia.

Graceland in Memphis Tennessee

Beale Street

This buzzing street has earned its stripes as 'America's Most Iconic Street.' What started as a raucous, roaring hub in the 1920s has transformed itself into a mecca for Blues. The street is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and - most importantly - live music venues, while the ground pays homage to the greats with brass music notes, a veritable Blues walk of fame. 

Beale Street Memphis2

Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame:

A museum with a beat, the Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates the legends of country music. The inductees are celebrated in the Hall of Fame Rotunda, where everyone is recognised as an equal and revered deeply. But it’s the live performances, panel discussions, songwriting sessions, and more that bring the Country Music Hall of Fame to a crescendo.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Grand Ole Opry:

Since 1925, the stage at the Grand Ole Opry has been graced with iconic country music artists. Today, performances range from classic to contemporary country music from more than 500 Opry members or guest artists, earning it the title of “home of American music.”

Grand Ole Opry in Nashville by Porter Wagner

RCA Studio B:

Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood... the list of talent who have walked through the doors of RCA’s Studio B is as impressive as it is long. Oh, the spectacles that the studio walls have seen! See it for yourself to learn about how each artist recorded their biggest hits. Then, put your money where your mouth is and record a song in the studio yourself.

RCA Studio B in Nashville exclusive opportunity with Collette tours

New Orleans

French Quarter:

The oldest part of New Orleans is home to more than 100 live music venues. From stalwarts like Preservation Hall to new icons like the House of Blues, you can guarantee live music every night of the week. One show becomes an addiction - visit different venues for different performances and witness the inimitable magic that is live jazz in the very city where it was born.

Violinist on the streets of New Orleans, photo by William Recinos

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

There ain’t no party like a Jazz Fest party! Each year for ten days during April and May, the Big Easy becomes mecca for jazz, R&B, and funk talent. As world-renowned artists mix with up-and-comers and local legends, visitors from all over the U.S. and beyond descend upon New Orleans to see the line-up, eat the food, and soak up the culture.

Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews playing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans