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The Ultimate American Music Bucket List


The Ultimate American Music Bucket List takes you on a musical journey across the United States to stand in some of the most important places in music history. You’ll be guided to recording studios where legends such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, and Aretha Franklin recorded some of their most notable songs. You’ll also see statues and murals dedicated to your favorite artists and bands.

Step inside historic homes where artists such as Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Little Richard, and W.C. Handy once lived. You’ll learn about museums and organizations across the U.S. dedicated to everything from banjos and drums, to rock and roll, jazz, and blues. You’ll also discover tombstones and memorials to pay your respects to some of America’s most beloved musicians – including the Astroturf-covered grave site of Hank Williams Sr. It’s time to crank up your favorite radio station and sing along while you road trip across the U.S. to conquer The Ultimate American Music Bucket List.

Find The Ultimate American Music Bucket List at Christopher’s Gifts in Kirkwood, Missouri; Music Go Round in Sunset Hills, Missouri; Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri; The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, Missouri; Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky; Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee; The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee; Tina Turner Museum in Brownsville, Tennessee; and City of Kingman Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona.

When the Stars Came Out


In the summer of 1969, the Mississippi River Festival (MRF) kicked off on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Over the next 12 turbulent summers, the outdoor concert series attracted more than a million fans, showcased the talents of hundreds of legendary performers, and created countless memories among the artists, fans and workers who called the MRF their summer home.

The Who, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, the Eagles, Janis Joplin and many other rock legends played the MRF. But the festival’s commitment to music diversity allowed area fans to also enjoy classical, jazz, dance, barbershop, theater and bluegrass over the course of a summer.

The Mississippi River Festival is a part of history now, but it remains a beloved piece of nostalgia for thousands of St. Louis area residents. And now, for the first time, the complete story is being told. With fan reviews, artist recounts, and a gallery of rare, vintage photos, this is the story of what happened when the stars came out.