By Mark Logsdon
Music fans worldwide have a new tourism destination with the launch of the Americana Music Triangle, a preservation project along a 1,500-mile stretch of highway that birthed nine uniquely American genres of music — Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, R&B/Soul, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Cajun/Zydeco and Bluegrass.
Spanning more than 30 communities along the “Gold Record Road” (the Natchez Trace Parkway, I-10, Highway 90, Highway 61 and I-40), the Americana Music Triangle is a milestone collaboration of cultural attractions across the south.
The ambitious project marks the culmination of more than three years of work by a multi-state team of historians, musicians, tourism professionals and digital media experts. It’s a musical trek engaging in the organic history of America’s music.
Aubrey Preston, a proprietor of Nashville’s RCA Studio A and founder of the Americana Music Triangle, said the project is an outgrowth of hundreds of conversations.
“As we studied the musical and historical timelines of the South, we noticed gaps in communication between cultural attractions and a lack of coordinated efforts to educate and entertain fans and visitors,” Preston said. “In the spirit of southern hospitality, we partnered to create intuitive, easy-to-use preservation-travel materials and an online ‘webguide’ to share with fans and visitors from across the country and around the world.”
Housed at AmericanaMusicTriangle.com, the online webguide showcases cultural attractions along the Gold Record Road as well as those in nearby communities such as Bristol, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Meridian, Miss.; Montgomery, Ala; Owensboro, Ky.; and Shreveport, La.
Fans and visitors can take weekend excursions or, for longer adventures, travel thousands of miles learning about the origins of the nine musical genres and the culture of south. Webguide resources include driving trails, historical timelines and a master calendar of music events and festivals throughout the region.
RVers don’t have to do the extensive research to plan a trip it is all easily accessible in the comprehensive driving trails on the mobile friendly site. Check it out by clicking here.
To join the Americana Music Triangle’s online community, visit the following:
- Website: www.AmericanaMusicTriangle.com
For the first time, attractions have joined hands across state lines to spread the full story of how American music is rooted in the region’s fields and along its riverbanks, and in its churches, honky-tonks and juke joints.
“The Americana Music Triangle is where history made music, then music made history,” Preston said.
While fans know well the musical impact of big cities like Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans, the Triangle also embraces the history and contributions of smaller communities, including: Brownsville, Tenn.; Clarksdale, Miss.; Franklin, Tenn.; Helena, Ark.; Lafayette, La.; Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Natchez, Miss.; and Tupelo, Miss.