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Memphis, Tennessee, otherwise known as the BBQ Capital of the World and the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, is home to savory sauces, smokey riffs and boatloads of culture. As the largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis has big ambitions in everything it does. Let’s start with music before you start praising Nashville: Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Aretha Franklin are just some of the legendary musicians who’ve graced the city’s many stages. Fans of the King come from all over the world just to visit the Graceland mansion. As for smoked meat, you can’t beat the city’s numerous rib shacks and all the delectable barbecue joints peppered across town. Festivals here center around southern tradition, hospitality and good ole southern cooking. For a delicious combination of the three, look no further than the annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest to rev up your taste buds. Gonerfest features an extra dose of River City flavor with finger-licking eats, thirst-quenching suds and an eclectic lineup of bands from all over the globe.
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