Al Green in Minnesota


I didn’t want to leave Memphis without doing a pilgrimage to the Stax Museum. Mary had gone last week while I was immersed in my deadline, and had raved about it, so instead of continuing south today, David and I headed over there and spent a really fine few hours reading and listening. The Museum is very well done, both a wonderful overview and lots of tiny, offbeat tidbits. For example, did you know that Al Green was born in Forrest City, AR (yup, one of those places named after Nathan Bedford Forrest) but then moved to Grand Rapids, MN?!?! That’s right, Judy Garland’s birthplace, still on the Mississippi River, just a thousand miles north! His first recording was made in Grand Rapids, and is about trains, which makes total sense when I think of the number of trains that go through Grand Rapids to this day. Here it is, in case you’re curious: