For nearly three years now, we have made the proclamation. It has been fact for much longer than that. Before Ralph Peer set up equipment in a make-shift studio in Bristol. Before Sam Phillips stood in the glow of the SUN in Memphis. Before WSM, WDIA and WNOX. Before the Ryman. The music was here. Lightning so to speak. And they came in droves with bottles in which to catch it. By picking up this guide we hope that means you plan on coming to catch a little lightning yourself. The soundtrack is here. All we need is you to make it yours. More than just the music, however, the soundtrack is fashioned from ALL the sounds that make your trip to Tennessee memorable. The crackling sounds of chicken frying at Gus’s or mixers whipping up cakes and pies at the Dutch Maid. The sounds of a driver launching a ball from the tee box in a beautiful flight pattern that prompts congratulations from the rest of your foursome. The sounds of a drag on a fishing reel bending against the strike of a largemouth and the echoes across the lake of you yelling “get the net” to your buddies. The screams of riders on a roller coaster or the sounds of silence that permeate the air on the Natchez Trace. It is a big year for Tennessee. The Ryman celebrates 125 years of bringing music and events to the world. At Graceland, we will commemorate 40 since we lost the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The legacy lives in both. Those are all part of the soundtrack. What will be part of yours? Kevin Triplett Commissioner of Tourist Development
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