MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the “home of the blues” and “birthplace of rock n roll,” there are few cities with musical roots as rich as Memphis. A little known piece of Memphis’ music history was recently revealed with the release of “Peabody Blues,” a compilation of influential early blues recordings created at The Peabody Memphis hotel. “Peabody Blues” is available via The Peabody’s “Summertime Blues & BBQ Package,” an overnight package that starts at $219.
In 1920s Memphis, just two blocks north and seemingly worlds away from the juke joints of Beale Street, music by now-legendary bluesmen was being recorded in posh guestrooms at the stately Peabody Hotel. Major labels like Brunswick and Vocalion hosted recording sessions in September 1929 for Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins, Charlie McCoy, Speckled Red, and Garfield Akers during which several significant blues tracks were recorded. “That’s No Way To Get Along,” recorded by Robert Wilkins during the Peabody sessions, went on to be re-recorded or influence future recordings by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
Summertime Blues & BBQ Package
Includes one night's accommodations, plus:
- “Peabody Blues” music CD
- 20% off at Rendezvous, Memphis’ most famous BBQ restaurant (valid up to 4 guests)
Rate: Starting at $219*
Available through Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2015)
For reservations, call 1-800-PEABODY or visit www.peabodymemphis.com. Packages are based on availability. Rates exclude tax.
According to research, hotel room recording sessions like the Peabody sessions were common during that time. However, it is very rare to have so many important songs recorded in one place, among them “The Dirty Dozen,” “Rowdy Blues,” and “Cottonfield Blues.” In addition, few locations where these recording sessions took place are still standing today or can be visited.
Legendary for its charm, elegance, and gracious Southern hospitality, The Peabody Memphis has been made world-famous for its five resident Mallard ducks, who march daily through the Grand Lobby at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The luxurious downtown hotel opened in 1869 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Having recently completed a major renovation and restoration of the entire property, The Peabody continues to carry the distinction of the “South’s Grand Hotel.”