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Posted: Jan 12, 2011 2:13 pm
 
fellow goners- first time in this area for me and the wife. Flying into Memphis April 1 (hitting graceland and goner recs), Clarksdale (delta museum/crossroads) and driving 61 to NOLA for my birthday April 4-8.

Any suggested spots of interest, shows, juke joints, bars, hotels?
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 2:19 pm | Edited by: Alexfast
 
The Shack up Inn in Clarksdale is a trip (authentic?)
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 2:48 pm
 
you should definitely get some kicks.

oh. wrong Route.

well, you can always get some killing done
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 3:43 pm
 
Never been to either of these spots, but they're both not far off 61:

Rainbow Disco, Hollandale, MS:




Po' Monkey's Lounge, Merigold, MS (Thursday only, I believe):

http://southernspaces.org/2006/inside-poor-monkeys
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 6:00 pm
 
Check the Tamale Trail website, if'n your into tamales.
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 6:14 pm
 
I'd take 55 if I were you. Hope you're not carrying around Madison Co.
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 7:02 pm
 
Friends who have stayed in the shack up liked it. If you take the real highway, there is a truckstop in norther mississppi with the longest hotlamp display/selection of fried items I have ever seen. And recommend it as a sightseeing adventure, and also recommend the chicken on a stick.
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 7:19 pm
 
i love that truckstop, best food, can never remember which exit it is but just magically pull into it, scott may know the exit. when i first heard about the shack up i thought really hokey, but it's pretty cool
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 11:05 pm
 
Fried chicken at the Blue and White in Tunica. We ate Tamales under those huge plywood/shanty towers with bible verses painted on them and the freaky chapel made of mardi gras beads and junk- in vburg, me thinks. If you're free to do whatever there's a really strange petting zoo further east in Collins that has a complete wall full of photos of snapping turtle bites and snake bites taken by locals. It's so gnarly and weird.
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 11:09 pm
 
come to my house. we'll get drunk and go huntin'.
Posted: Jan 13, 2011 7:51 am | Edited by: jerryd
 
about 20 miles outside of st.francesville off 61, you should check out the angola prison museum. one of the places i really wanted to see on the way down but ran out of time.
Posted: Jan 13, 2011 8:50 am
 
Cole, can I stay at your house for Gonerfest 8? Man, I work 40 hours a week and still can't realy afford a vacation.....help a cool conspiracy theorist out....if you're not comfortable with it, where the hell is the closest Motel 8 (Motel 6 now?) to Memphis? That's the only place I think might be in my budget.
Posted: Jan 13, 2011 11:23 am
 
When you get to Natchez, cross the River to Ferriday, LA and pay respects at the Birthplace of Jerry Lee!
Posted: Jan 13, 2011 5:10 pm
 
Cole, can I stay at your house for Gonerfest 8?

Maybe. I'll have to run it by the wife, but she's pretty cool about that stuff. Keep in mind that I have four kids and it's not really a rock'n'roll lifestyle. We can eat my wife's awesome southern cooking though!

Here's a better idea though. I live about an hour from Memphis. I wanna stay over this year, that way I can drink all I want. We can split a room or something.
Posted: Jan 13, 2011 5:28 pm
 
Here's a better idea though. I live about an hour from Memphis. I wanna stay over this year, that way I can drink all I want. We can split a room or something.

Deal!
Posted: Jan 13, 2011 5:39 pm | Edited by: Cole
 
We'll talk it over as it gets closer but it sounds good. Email is in my profile. We can still head home for a good meal sometime too. I will have to limit you to one conspiracy theory discussion per night though.
Posted: Jan 27, 2011 5:48 pm
 
Thanks on all the suggests so far. esp digging tamale trail and truckstop joint. Keep em coming. Also anything on New Orleans
Posted: Jan 27, 2011 6:33 pm
 
Right on 61 at Lorman there's a fried chicken place, the name of which I can't remember now, but it's good. It's close to the Windsor ruins. Get some chicken and go to the ruins and eat.
Posted: Jan 27, 2011 9:12 pm
 
I'd hop on I-10 once you get to Baton Rouge, not much to see on 61 but traffic and stop lights between Baton Rouge and NOLA except for the Zapp's potato chip factory in Gramercy and the andouille sausage place in LaPlace. Once in New Orleans you might want to get a picture in front of the sign marking the end of HWY 61 on Tulane Ave at Broad street, which is also directly in front of the N.O. courthouse and prison complex. I always thought the courthouse, jail, and about 20 bail bonds joints was kind of a fitting terminus for the "blues highway".

North of Baton Rouge, St. Francisville is kind of a cool little town and there are lots of weird old plantations around there. not much else. the angola prison museum is a good trek off of 61 (20 miles I think) but it is pretty cool.

plenty of stuff to do in new orleans, and that's the perfect time to visit. what are you looking to do?
Posted: Jan 27, 2011 10:40 pm
 
Graceland Too outside of Holly Springs is solidly creepy Elvis worship gone nutso...
Posted: Jan 30, 2011 6:07 pm
 
I hate to be the bearer of tragic news but on the drive home from Memphis earlier today, I discovered the Texaco has been destroyed. It looked like a fire or an explosion of some sort, although the gas pumps are still in tact. Heart breaking, and I am concerned about the fate of that bird.

RIP best gas station
Posted: Jan 30, 2011 8:05 pm
 
Stop by the Jayne Mansfield memorial on the Gulf Coast.
Posted: Jan 30, 2011 10:43 pm
 
can anybody provide info for the Lake Itasca to New Orleans bike trail that's going to go the entire length of the Mississippi? 'Cuz I'm gonna do it. I'm going to take my bicycle north-south across America. It's not a threat, but a promise, I'm gonna fucking do it.
Posted: Jan 30, 2011 11:05 pm
 
Posted: Jan 30, 2011 11:51 pm
 
can anybody provide info for the Lake Itasca to New Orleans bike trail that's going to go the entire length of the Mississippi? 'Cuz I'm gonna do it. I'm going to take my bicycle north-south across America. It's not a threat, but a promise, I'm gonna fucking do it.


That looks rad. Do you get an armed escort through St. Louis/East St. Louis?
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 12:32 am
 
talk to jerry about this crap, he's totally gay about cycling
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 9:19 am
 
Graceland Too outside of Holly Springs is solidly creepy Elvis worship gone nutso...

Awesome, but nowhere near Hwy. 61.
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 9:25 am
 
If you're getting off at Baton Rouge you should take I-12 over to Hammond, then I-55 S. That way you can stop in Manchac and eat at Middendorff's. Have the thin fried catfish!
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 9:48 am
 
an anybody provide info for the Lake Itasca to New Orleans bike trail that's going to go the entire length of the Mississippi? 'Cuz I'm gonna do it. I'm going to take my bicycle north-south across America. It's not a threat, but a promise, I'm gonna fucking do it.

can't speak for any part of it north of memphis, but i did the memphis to new orleans part a couple of years ago. It's pretty awesome. Very littel traffic, and you're always ( except for a couple of spots) a few miles from hwy 61.

talk to jerry about this crap, he's totally gay about cycling

unfortunately, this is true.

bruce is just gay. for dick.
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 10:17 am
 
That looks rad. Do you get an armed escort through St. Louis/East St. Louis?

Yeah, I'm a bit worried about some of the uhhhh, hairier metropolises I'd be going through. This is a couple years off though, once I have more seniority and vacation time.
Posted: Jan 31, 2011 1:08 pm
 
If you're getting off at Baton Rouge you should take I-12 over to Hammond, then I-55 S. That way you can stop in Manchac and eat at Middendorff's. Have the thin fried catfish!

Yes! The best catfish I have ever had!
Posted: Feb 2, 2011 7:03 pm
 
Margaret's Grocery, Vicksburg, MS
(the Mardi Gras bead bible verse place mentioned earlier)
http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=margarets_groc ery

Old Country Store, Lorman, MS
That's the fried chicken place Marsh mentioned. Dude will sing the chicken biscuit song to you. And yeah, Ruins of Windsor is a good place to take a nap afterwards.
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1320/old-country-store

I've never been to Po' Monkeys in Marigold. But judging by the people that I know who have been, it sounds like a somewhat tourist friendly somewhat authentic juke joint - that is if a juke joint can be tourist friendly. There's also Easy Reader's Ground Zero in Clarksdale.
Posted: Feb 2, 2011 7:04 pm
 
Oh, and there's Rocky Springs for camping/creek stomping nearby Lorman and Windsor.
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 12:42 pm
 
Cheers on all the suggests. Leaving tomorrow!
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 12:52 pm
 
Not much reason to go to Arkansas, but here's one:

Albert King's grave near Edmondson. A short ways past the bridge (15-20 miles?)

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7449

There was a BBQ shack/general store right across the street when I was there. You can sit in your car, eat BBQ, and drink a tallboy while you pay tribute to Albert.
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 12:56 pm
 
Also hitting Nashville.

Is Pilgrims Hostel a good joint to stay in Memphis?
Is it religious or just built in an old church...
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 12:58 pm | Edited by: Alexfast
 
Not much reason to go to Arkansas


Yeah thats what I figured. maybe crossover at Helena to say I've set foot
Posted: Apr 15, 2011 4:05 pm
 
This trip was a blast. Best overall in Nashville was Jacks BBQ and Charlie Daniels Museum. Memphis had goner records (finally got to see it) and the Stax Museum. For food: Brother Junipers was the standout.
Also Exene (solo) at High tone! Wow
Clarksdale had the Shack Up inn- the coolest shack hotel ever.
After that is was driving forever but
Windsor Ruins and Country Store (Best Fried chicken) provided detours.
NOLA highlights included Igors Bar and Laundromat. Coops Place and DuMonds. Also Commanders Palace (turtle soup?!)
Cemeteries are worthy and ended up seeing Kid Rock on Bourbon Street. Now thats victory...
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