TriFest Music Tour 2018 – Two Places Left!

Claim the last places on our fully escorted TriFest Music Tour 2018



TriFestMusic Tour 

(Americana Rhythms and Blues Tour)

10 September to 1 October 2018

Three Weeks, Three Festivals, Three States

Fully Escorted








By Rob Dickens


The Americana Rhythms and Blues Tour (aka TriFest Music Tour) is now open to claim a place.

The itinerary for our three-week music journey is below.  I will be the guide.  Having been to every festival and city/town that we will visit, I would LOVE to share these places and experiences with you.

The final tour numbers will be finalised based on vehicle logistics, but to keep it the most personal and comfortable experience possible, there will be an upper limit.  Places are allocated once a deposit is paid and these are on a first-come basis.  The Tour will be utilising the experienced services of Trans Otway Travel.

Deposits per person are 10% of the Tour price and are payable in Australian $$s, with the balance payable by instalments due end February and end July 2018.

Inclusions and exclusions are also set out below.

Any questions please contact me at

Looking forward to an adventure together – Hope you can make it!


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Listening Through The Lens presents

TriFest Music Tour

(Americana Rhythms and Blues Tour)

10 September – 1 October 2018


Arrive Nashville downtown independently

Nashville Tennessee 7 nights

Americana Music Festival and Conference

Americana Honors and Awards Show

Knoxville Tennessee – 1 night stay

Asheville North Carolina – 2 nights

Biltmore Estate

Bristol Tennessee/Virginia – 4 nights

Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Nashville Tennessee – 1 night

Fly to Kansas City Missouri – 2 nights

Columbia Missouri – 4 nights

Roots n Blues n BBQ festival

Return Kansas City airport for independent departure


This itinerary is subject to minor alteration due to changing circumstances beyond the control of Listening Through The Lens.


Claim the last places on our three-week three-festival fully-escorted USA music tour 2018


Testimonials from our 2017 Tour

“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”.




• Experienced Guide

• All accommodation (incl. breakfasts)

• Full badge registration for all 6 days at Americana Festival

• Americana Honors and Awards Show ticket

• One year membership Americana Music Association

• Tickets for all 3 days at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

• Admission to Birthplace of Country Music Museum

• VIP Whole Hog tickets for all 3 days at Roots n Blues n BBQ festival

• Vehicle Transfers and flight (excl. checked bags fees) between Nashville and Kansas City

• Admission to Biltmore Estate, American Jazz Museum, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

• One live show (to be determined)



• Tips, gratuities

• Transport during Americana Festival [we will have a perfectly-located hotel, most venues a 15-20 minute walk away – other options are Festival Shuttle (free), Uber and taxi (at own expense)

• Transit costs pre-Tour and post-Tour

• Public gigs will emerge during Tour, at own expense, optional to attend

• Travel insurance (this is compulsory for all participants)

• Meals and beverages

• Additional transport required due to emergency situation


Tour Numbers

 Places filled on a first-come basis.



AUD$ 5900 per person twin share basis (contact me for single room supplement price).  Deposit due NOW (see below), half balance due 28 Feb 2018, remainder 31 July 2018



A deposit of AUD $ 590 per person is required to hold your place.  The deposit will be refunded if Tour does not proceed or is full.  In all other cases the deposit is non-refundable.


About our 2017 Tour

Read about what we covered in our three-week Total Tennessee Tour HERE


Who might you expect to see at our three festivals?

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


Claim the last places on our fully escorted TriFest Music Tour 2018


Claim the last places on our fully escorted TriFest Music Tour 2018


Claim the last places on our fully escorted TriFest Music Tour 2018





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