USA Music Tour 2018 Expressions of Interest Sought!!

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Announcing The

Americana Rhythms and Blues Tour!!

A Tri-Fest music journey showcasing the best live music – Americana, blues, alt. country, folk, bluegrass

10 September to 1 October 2018 incl.


The Americana Music Festival and Conference (AmericanaFest) Nashville Tennessee 11-16 September

(includes the American Honors and Awards Show at the Mother Church of Country Music, the historic Ryman Auditorium)  

Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol Tennessee/Virginia 21 – 23 September

Roots ‘n’ Blues ‘n’ BBQ Columbia Missouri 28 – 30 September 


By Rob Dickens


Information about the exciting things we will do between the festivals will be revealed in coming weeks.

*** Small tour group of around six ***

Please note: The Tour will ONLY go ahead if fully subscribed (on a twin-share basis)


*** To take advantage of the best rates, a decision will be made on whether to proceed early in 2018 ***


rental accommodation (v. hotels) will be explored if the logistics allow, to keep costs down

Please contact me the tour guide at robdickens101@gmail.co if you are interested and want to have first call on a place, be kept in the loop as the Tour itinerary firms up and costings become available.  To participate, you MUST register an interest early.


You will need to make your travel arrangements either side of the above dates – Philip Osborne at Trans Otway Travel can assist, as can I.

Read more about The Total Tennessee Tour which I led.  Note the extra components we did due to my own contacts to make it a unique experience.


Testimonials of Past Tours

“You were a wonderful tour leader – so well organised, quiet, kind, patient, considerate and knowledgeable – with so many interesting contacts and friends who clearly respected you and whom you shared with us. Each day was highlighted by the fact the activities, events, sights and travel were all so well sorted. There was no indecision or time wasted by us, perfect.”

“I now appreciate and understand so much more the road that the music has taken, what has and is involved in creating it, the differences in areas, the roles that family, community and conditions have played in its development, and so on. Music will never be taken for granted again”

“We can never thank you enough for these experiences and the wonderful memories we have been left with. What a magnificent, trouble-free, well organised expose of Americana, bluegrass and blues music! We look forward to doing it all again with you in the future”.





Musically, what to expect???  Line-ups for all three festivals will be announced over time.  As a guide:

  1. Here’s who we saw perform at AmericanaFest 2017:

Old Crow Medicine Show, Jim Lauderdale, Brent Cobb, Lori McKenna, Iris Dement, John Prine, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Sam Outlaw, Amanda Shires, Billy Bragg/Joe Henry, Graham Nash with the Milk Carton Kids, Drive-By Truckers, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Lumineers, Robert Cray, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Van Morrison, Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers, SUSTO, Big Star and Friends, Will Hoge, Danni Nicholls, Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer, Wildwood Kin, Ryan Culwell, Andrew Combs, Cale Tyson, Joe Henry, Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jamie Lin Wilson, The Vandoliers, The Texas Gentlemen, Shannon McNally, Willie Watson, The Fairfield Four, Lori McKenna, Nice Horse, Davis Miles, Joey Wright, April Verch Band, The Dead South, Kieran Kane, Rayner Gelba, Laura Cortesia, Colin Hay, Tasha Coates, Liz Stringer, Robyn Hitchcock, Josh Ritter, The Barefoot Movement, Amanda Shires, Jason Eady, Juju Bushman, The Rusty Pieces, Crockett Hall, Loveland Duran, Grace Askew, Shane Smith and the Saints, Doug Seegers, JP Harris, The Howlin’ Brothers, The Smoking Flowers, Hugh Masterson, Brian Wright, Emily Salier and Shawn Mullins.

2. Here’s who played at Bristol’s Rhythms and Roots Reunion 2017:

Dwight Yoakam, Judah & The Lion, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Son Volt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Deer Tick, The Infamous Stringdusters, Mark O’Connor ft. the O’Connor Band, The SteelDrivers , Langhorne Slim, Mandolin Orange , Dave Simonett, Hiss Golden Messenger , The Black Lillies, Amanda Shires , Southern Culture on the Skids, Will Hoge, The Whiskey Gentry, Zach Deputy, The Dustbowl Revival, Chris Knight, American Aquarium, Billy Strings, The Cactus Blossoms, Low Cut Connie, Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys, The Deslondes, Ron Gallo, Front Country, Love Canon •The Way Down Wanderers, Mile Twelve, Elliot Root, SUSTO •Becky Buller Band, Lillie, Tim Easton and dozens more

3. Here’s who played at Columbia’s Roots ‘n’ Blues ‘n’ BBQ 2017:

Ryan Adams, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Band of Horses, Booker T’s Stax Revue, Old 97’s, Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Suffers, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Paul Weber and the Scrappers, The Mavericks, Pokey LaFarge, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The SteelDrivers, Nikki Lane, Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets, The Untamed Youth, Nikki Hill, The Hooten Hallers, Margo Price, Ana Popovic, Amanda Shires, Music Maker Blues Revue, The Fairfield Four, Chump Change, The Bel Airs, Kent Burnside & The Flood Brothers, Aina Cook Broadway Blues and Norm Ruebling Band


Here’s a summary of AmericanaFest last month as part of the Total Tennessee Tour.





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