MEMPHIS IS SO GOOD RIGHT NOW GUYS. THE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST MOVED FROM BLOCKING THE I-40 MEMPHIS BRIDGE TO CITY HALL AND THE POLICE DIRECTOR IS MARCHING HAND IN HAND WITH THEM ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER OFFICERS AND ITS PEACEFUL AND UNIFYING AND WATCHING IT ON GHE NEWS FEELS SO HISTORIC. IM SO PROUD OF MY CITY.
This is iconic Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips on Jan. 3, 1950. It is considered to be the birthplace of rock-and-roll. Blues, r&b, rock-and-roll, rockabilly and country music were all recorded here during the 50s. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf and Ike Turner, as well as many others recorded here.
His son was only five years old when Smith died. Todd Fox, Elmwood superintendent, hung a swing from a holly tree near his grave to make cemetery visits easier for the child. When the eighty-nine year old holly tree died and had to be replaced, the process of replacing old and decaying trees in the cemetery was named the Jeffrey Smith Reforestation Project. Friends did not forget young Jeffrey. In 2000 they erected another swing so that the boy could continue his visits to his father’s grave.
I hung out with my friend donlifted yesterday in his studio. These are a few of the photos that I took during our time together. He’s an amazing musician and visual artist, so be sure to check out his blog for more info. You can also find him on both Instagram and Twitter: @Donlifted