Music

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios

Visitors near the Natchez Trace have taken historic, cultural, and musical preservation to a whole new level. We’re talking about our friends at the Americana Music Triangle… Where History Made Music…Then Music Made History.

The Americana Music Triangle project connects people, places and stories of the top music destination: the Southeastern United States, specifically points of interest between Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Memphis, Tennessee.

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Americana Music Triangle Driving Trail

Blues, jazz, country, zydeco, gospel, and everything in between can be found in this special corner of the southeastern United States. Experience this unique music triangle through its world-famous music landmarks, tucked-away locations, and one-of-a-kind stops.

The best part? A huge chunk of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway runs right through these musical points of interest, so you can enjoy the scenic Trace and the history of the musical legends that have made it famous.

Check out page 28-29 of this digital issue from Byways Great American Roads featuring the Americana Music Triangle and the Trace!

Puckett's Grocery - Open Mic Night
Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork

Along the Americana Music Triangle, you’ll find the city where jazz was officially born, otherwise known as New Orleans. Moving into Mississippi along the Trace, the city of Jackson welcomes you to the Mississippi Music Experience — a tribute to the deep roots American music in our state. Head north and get to know the “King of Rock n’ Roll” in Elvis Presley’s hometown of Tupelo. But it doesn’t stop there… keep onward to find one of the most influential recording studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Stop for a evening in Nashville, Tennessee to catch a great show in “Music City.”

Elvis Presley and the Blues Historical Marker in Tupelo
Elvis Presley and the Blues Historical Marker in Tupelo (Mississippi Blues Commission)

No matter what kind of music gets your foot tapping, you’ll find exciting live performances and beautifully preserved musical hotspots along the Natchez Trace and Americana Music Triangle. Not sure where to start? Check out the great driving trails AKA the “Gold Record Road” for suggested itineraries and inspiration.

Ready to start planning your trip Natchez Trace + Gold Record Road trip? Visit our Interactive Map to find music attractions, lodging, dining, and more.

Come pick up a tune to see what strikes a chord for you. You’re sure to find an exciting, historic, wonderfully audible adventure!

Mississippi Music Experience (credit: Visit Jackson)