Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. It has a population of 6,214,888, making it the nation's 17th-largest state by population, and covers 42,169 square miles (109,220 km2), making it the 36th-largest by total land area.Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. Tennessee's capital and second largest city is Nashville, which has a population of 626,144. Memphis is the state's largest city, with a population of 670,902. Nashville has the state's largest metropolitan area, at 1,521,437 people.
Tennessee has played a critical role in the development of rock and roll and early blues music. Beale Street in Memphis is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues, with musicians such as W.C. Handy performing in its clubs as early as 1909. Memphis was also home to Sun Records, where musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Charlie Rich began their recording careers, and where rock and roll took shape in the 1950s. The 1927 Victor recording sessions in Bristol generally mark the beginning of the country music genre, and the rise of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s helped make Nashville the center of the country music recording industry.
Hooper's Chapel AME Church, built in 1906 in Duncan, MS.
After the amazing introductory film that tells the Stax Records story, the museum tour begins with an exhibit that spotlights soul music's gospel roots. In our authentic, 100-year old Mississippi Delta AME church, moved from Duncan, Mississippi and reconstructed inside the museum, you'll be engulfed by the spirit of gospel hymns, sermons, and harmonious quartets via state of the art audio and visual displays. With the original hand-hewn pews made by church members, the patina of paint-chipped wood, original wood-burning stove, altar, altar table, and other items, you'll walk back in time and know the feeling of what it was like to worship in a small country church.
A person's soul is a person's essence, that part of our being which can soar to heaven. Gospel is the music of heaven on earth - the church. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music maintains that the Southern Gospel Culture provided the roots for the Soul Music Genre.