Written by Sex Rays' Joe Hastings. Listen to, and please buy, their new 7" on Piñata Records.
SEX RAYS TOUR BLOG TO DEEP BLUES FEST 2014
It all started with CHUCK BERRY, we grabbed the tour bus drove 12 hours straight down to St. Louis, Missouri to see the godfather of rock'n roll. We hung out in the alleyway of Blueberry Hill where he plays a monthly residency and has been for years. I spoke to him a number of times that evening and while shaking his hand, he looked me straight in the eyes and smiled at me as if he recognized me from the time we did an interview together for the St.Louis Post Dispatch in 1998. I'm certain he doesn't remember! He is totally cordial, awesome, and is playing every show and song with the same earnestness verve that any human could do three days before their 88th birthday!
After the show we hit the streets of St. Louis and 12 hours later walked into Vintage Vinyl on Delmar and hooked up with G-Biz who is stage managing the rest of the tour-
Now as we leave St.Louis we hit the arch
and immediately drive to party on Beale Street a few days before our show at the Buccaneer Lounge in Memphis, Tennessee!!!
While walking these lovely ladies started talking to Hastings, grabbed his hair, pulled out a comb, and started giving him a sweet makeover on the streets of Memphis!
His hair was solid 70's after that awesome interaction-
While in Memphis we hit Sun Studios once again love that vibe!
Here's the actual microphone that Elvis used to record, "That's Alright, Mama"!
The more Rock 'n Roll the better! "Rocket 88" as told by the tour guide Marla, is attributed to being the first actual rock and roll song! Ike Turner was on that track-
Here's some interesting bathroom wall graffiti in Memphis-
We decided to go to Holly Springs about an hour outside of Memphis to go see "Graceland too". Only to find that the owner had shot a guy who tried to rob him three days ago and then died himself yesterday apparently of a heart attack!
"Graceland Too" is a place where you could show up after the bar is closed. It's open 24 hours a day and you get a personal tour from the owner (now deceased) Paul McLeod. He is self described as Elvis Pressley's number one fan. Throughout the years he has collected many many things all related to Elvis. He brings you on a guided tour of his home which looks like a small version of Graceland-so awesome and crazy- here's a link to the YouTube tour-