The Blues Challenge is over. We made the finals, and Matt Kelley, our young wunderkind guitar player won the top guitarist award (see Memphis blog Memphis Blues Again for the whole story), and now we can get on with making music and growing as a band.
We stayed across the street from the venerable landmark Peabody Hotel, the one with the ducks, and I took a short break and popped over and made these pics.
A quick observation: Memphis is a far- from- happening town. It's numerous glory days are very much in the past, and the recent death of music genius Willie Mitchell seemed to confirm this in a definitive way. Buildings are boarded up and Beale Street is a sanitized semi- reminder of the beauty of the music once made there.
Oddly enough, the Peabody Hotel, which should seem more museum- like than ever, is strikingly vital, grand and stately. It was a pleasure to stroll through the lobby and make these pictures.