“Well, after Graceland and Sun Studio we just didn’t save time for Stax. Guess we were a little music-museum’ed out.”
-People who recently visited Memphis, offering an excuse that simply won’t fly!
Memphis definitely has a great share of musical culture to absorb and sights to see, and you won’t go wrong with Graceland and Sun. But soul music—specifically the contributions of Stax Records artists—is an amazing part of the Memphis music heritage, making this a place any music fan will want to stop.
The Stax Museum opened in 2003 and stands on the site where the Stax Records studio once operated (and whose roster included Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, the Staple Singers and house band Booker T. & the M.G.'s). In a relatively small space, the museum gives visitors a soul music primer before letting them stroll through countless 45s, photographs, outlandish clothes, original recording equipment and (the total show-stealer) Isaac Hayes’ 1972 gold plated Cadillac.