THE LEGENDS OF TENNESSEE MUSIC MUSEUM IN JACKSON, TN ADDS CARL PERKINS MEMORBILIA & PRESERVES HARD ROCK CAFÉ US ORIGIN

THE LEGENDS OF TENNESSEE MUSIC MUSEUM IN JACKSON, TN ADDS CARL PERKINS MEMORBILIA & PRESERVES HARD ROCK CAFÉ US ORIGIN
(Jackson,
TN) Jackson, Tenn. adds two new offerings at the Legends of Tennessee
Music Museum at The Carnegie that are sure to have tourists strapping on
their “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hard Rock”’ing and rolling to the musical
heritage in the city. In a ceremony hosted Monday by the Jackson
Tennessee Convention and Visitors Bureau with presentations from Jackson
city Mayor Gist and Madison country Mayor Harris, the Legends of
Tennessee Music Museum was presented with Carl Perkins’ Harmony
Stratotone guitar by owner Dr. John Jennings.
“I
was visiting Jackson in 1996 and went to dinner at Carl Perkins’ Suedes
Restaurant,” recalls Jennings. “I observed a picture on the wall with
Carl Perkins and the Perkins Brothers Band. I recognized the guitar
strap, the case sitting on the floor behind Carl and the distinct
features of the early 1950’s single pick-up Harmony Stratotone.”
Perkins
who was in the restaurant that day spoke with Jennings and confirmed
that Mr. Rinks, the person from which Jennings had purchased the guitar,
had indeed bought the instrument from the store where he traded it.
Perkins was interviewed by the Jackson Sun in 1996 about the instrument
stating that “I really would like to have it back. In fact, I’m going to
get it back if I have to give him a Les Paul.” Jennings chose to keep
the historic guitar, Perkins’ first electronic guitar, in his personal
collection, but was happy to present the instrument to the museum for
display.

Carl Perkins’ Harmony Stratotone Guitar

Carl Perkins (center) playing the guitar in 1953 at a Perkins Brothers Band Show in Covington, Tenn.

Carl’s son Stan Perkins holds his dad’s first electric guitar for the first time with owner Dr. Jennings
Following
this presentation, Jackson, Tenn. native and music/culture branding
mogul Isaac Tigrett returned home to preserve an important part of the
Hard Rock Café story. Tigrett co-founded the iconic world famous Hard
Rock Café and House of Blues brands. 
 
“How
lucky could I be to be raised in Jackson, Tennessee,” says Tigrett.
“Halfway to Memphis — Sun Records, Stax — and the other half in
Nashville, Tennessee. You should all be very, very proud to reach back
to your history and your culture here in Jackson.”
Tigrett
unveiled the relaunch of the iconic Hard Rock Café Jackson merchandise
line. The Hard Rock Café Jackson t-shirts will only be sold at the
Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at The Carnegie in Jackson, which
hosts a harmonic homage of exhibits to Tina Turner, Carl Perkins, Eddy
Arnold, WS Holland, Isaac Tigrett and other music industry icons that
were birthed along the Americana Music Triangle.

Hard Rock Cafe Jackson

Jackson Merch

Isaac Tigrett
“This
strip of highway between Nashville and Memphis would host the inception
of Rock-a-Billy, while the blues simultaneously flowed through the
cotton fields,” says Jackson CVB Executive Director Lori Nunnery. “We
are honored to see this new piece of Carl Perkins’ story finding a home
in Jackson. I’m also elated for Hard Rock Café co-founder and Jackson
native Isaac Tigrett to reconnect with this community by spearheading
the campaign to re-launch the musical milestone set with the opening of
the Hard Rock Café in Jackson.”
For more information, visit the following links:
The Legends of Tennessee Music Museum
Isaac Tigrett
Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau

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