Besides listening to fantastic live music, there's some significant places to visit. Memphis has Elvis' home Graceland; Sun Studio, where he and a host of other stars recorded; and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. New Orleans has the jazz purists' shrine of Preservation Hall. And Nashville has the Grand Ole Opry; the Country Music Hall of Fame; and RCA Studio B, where the likes of Dolly Parton recorded.
The stunning Historic Districts of Charleston and Savannah are packed with gorgeous buildings, which you can explore both inside and out for a taste of the Old South. Plus there's grand plantations to visit across the region, complete with mansion houses and slave quarters; and Civil War sites like Charleston's Fort Sumter, as well as a slice of Atlanta's history at the city's fascinating History Centre.
Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta's 'Sweet Auburn', and you can see the house where he lived, the church where he preached, and his final resting place. Memphis is where he was assassinated, and the motel where it happened is now a moving museum exploring The history of the civil rights movement.
The South likes a good party, and while Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the stuff of legend, the two-weeks in Louisville leading up to the Kentucky Derby can be just as riotous. Most Southern cities have calendars packed with festivals, and you certainly shouldn't miss St Patrick's Day in Savannah on 17 March.
Take your pick from fried chicken, barbecued ribs, jambalaya, catfish and hushpuppies, or a Po-Boy sandwich. Fancy something sweet? Try a beignet or pecan pie. Then wash it all down with an Atlanta Coca-Cola, or a Louisville bourbon. Welcome to delicious Southern cooking!